The third Test between Australia and India at the MCG saw the debut of a new opener Mayank Agarwal. The previous pair of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay had a torrid time in the previous 2 games. As a result, they were dropped. Mayank Agarwal had flown to Australia after Prithvi Shaw was ruled out due to an injury.
As soon as Agarwal joined the Indian camp, he was slated to make his debut. The right-hander literally forced open the door for selection after his brilliant run in domestic cricket. Even while playing for India A, he had accumulated loads of runs. In the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy season, he had amassed 1160 runs. He scored his maiden triple century against Maharashtra in that season.
His debut was inevitable and it happened on the iconic Boxing Day Test. From the beginning, he looked fluent at the crease. But the Australian commentator Kerry O’Keefe, also a former cricketer, took a dig at Agarwal’s domestic record.
He felt that Agarwal’s triple century didn’t come against quality opposition. On Air, he went on to say, “Mayank Agarwal scored his triple century against Railways kitchen staff team.”
Mayank Agarwal responded in an apt manner
Kerry O’Keefe thought that the Indian opener will find it hard batting against the mighty Australian bowling line-up. Although the batsman was unaware of the comments made on him as was busy accumulating runs in the middle. But Mayank Agarwal responded in the best possible way to Kerry O’Keefe.
He played in his natural demeanor and gave a great start to the Indian innings. The right-hander scored a half-century in his debut innings and went on to score 76 runs from 181 balls. Even though he missed out on a century, yet his contribution laid a great foundation for the middle-order that put India in the advantage.