Indian opener Mayank Agarwal has made a sensational start to his Test career. He was slotted in the squad for the 3rd Test after Prithvi Shaw was ruled out. Agarwal found himself in the XI in the Boxing Day Test. The occasion could not have been better as more than 80000 at the MCG graced the first day of the Test.
Against a quality pace attack, he showed great guts and scored a brilliant 76. His contribution at the top laid the foundation for the middle-order. India went on to score 443/7 that proved to be pivotal in the victory.
He was in no mood to stop there. In the last Test at the SCG, the right-hander repeated the feat. He made 77 in India’s first innings. The approach with which he tackled the new ball once again set the plot for a big score.
Agarwal learned a lot from Rahul Dravid
Agarwal was in contention for a place in the Indian team for quite some time. He had put in massive performances in the domestic cricket as well as for India A. He had Rahul Dravid as the coach in his stint with India A. The youngster has credited his success to India’s legendary batsman.
“Playing under him is good, we as batsmen speak a lot to him about our game and technique. And he is out there to guide us and help us climb the ladder. His advice has been very, very helpful. He told to me particularly think how to manage my mental energies. And that’s something that we’ve spoken about for four to six months. He’s helped me go through that path,” Mayank Agarwal was quoted as saying by NDTV.
Mayank Agarwal has scored 2 half-centuries in 2 Tests so far. On both occasions, he had Cheteshwar Pujara by his side for a major part. He mentioned that it was great batting alongside him and also hailed Pujara’s grit.
“It is great to watch Pujara bat from the other end and watch the way he cramps the bowlers. He’s got a pattern to it. He understands his strengths and he waits for the bad balls to come. Obviously, with his experience, he tells me what the opposition is going to do. Disappointed that I threw my wicket. With that said, it’s a learning curve. If I don’t make this mistake again, then it will be a good learning,” added Agarwal.
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