India have begun their ODI campaign in New Zealand on Wednesday at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. After having clean swept the T20I series, the visitors will look to continue the winning run in what has been a fine tour for them so far.
However, India will miss their vice-captain and one of the best white-ball batsmen going around in Rohit Sharma as the opener was ruled out of the remainder of the tour with a calf injury.
In the absence of injured Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan, India have handed ODI debuts to Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal.
Prithvi Shaw, 20, was part of the initial squad named for the ODI series. He was slated to open with Rohit Sharma but the latter suffered an injury during the 5th T20I in Mount Maunganui on Sunday.
Mayank Agarwal, 28, was added to the squad after Rohit was ruled out of the series.
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Shaw, Agarwal join elite list of Indian openers
This is only the 4th time a pair of Indian openers have made their debut in the same match. KL Rahul and Karun Nair were the previous Indian pair to make their ODI debut in the same match. The Karnataka batsmen made their debut in Zimbabwe in June 2016.
Both Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarawal have played Tests for India in the past. While Prithvi has played 2 Tests before he was banned for a doping violation last year, Mayank has established himself as one of the premier openers in the longest format of the game.
Captain Virat Kohli, who lost the toss in Hamilton on Wednesday, said he is looking forward to see Prithvi and Mayank perform in the ODI format.
“Two debutants, both at the top, Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal make their ODI debuts, pretty exciting times for them. The five guys that are not playing Pandey, Pant, Dube, Saini and Chahal,” Virat Kohli said.
Meanwhile, New Zealand who are without Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguosn, handed an ODI debut to wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham is captaining New Zealand as they look to end a 9-match losing streak across formats.