Mayank Agarwal made his Test debut in 2018. In October 2019, he scored the first double century against South Africa in Visakhapatnam.
Mayank Agarwal has scored all four centuries of his Test career on home soil. (Photo: AFP)
Mayank Agarwal was the hero of the historic victory in the Mumbai Test against New Zealand. Even though Ejaz Patel did the feat of taking ten wickets in an innings, Mayank Agarwal won the player of the match. Mayank Agarwal scored 150 runs in the first innings and 62 runs in the second innings. His 150 runs in the first innings were very important because the Indian team had added only 325 runs on the scoreboard. Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin were dismissed without opening the account.
In such a situation, Mayank Agarwal’s innings was invaluable in adding respectable runs on the scoreboard. This was Mayank Agarwal’s fourth century in 16 Test matches. Let us tell you that out of the 4 centuries that Mayank Agarwal has scored so far, two are double centuries. There is a 150-run century in a Mumbai Test. There has only been one time when Mayank Agarwal got out for 108 runs immediately after scoring a century.
How does Mayank Agarwal play big innings?
The big secret behind this is Mayank Agarwal’s footwork. Mayank’s superb footwork makes him very comfortable against spin bowlers as well. Mayank Agarwal has a tremendous ability to sense the length of the ball along with excellent footwork. Mayank Agarwal makes shots like ‘Inside Out’ easily against the left-arm bowler. Mayank Agarwal batted well against New Zealand’s Ejaz Patel. The ‘half pull’ and ‘half sweep’ in Mayank Agarwal’s shots against the spin bowlers were worth watching. To play the shots that we have just mentioned, it is necessary that the batsmen understand the length of the ball beforehand.
Anyway, it is said that in the history of cricket, openers who have played spin bowlers well have always played big innings. Players like Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma in the Indian team are a big example of this. It seems that Sehwag was adept at scoring triple centuries and Rohit Sharma was adept at scoring double centuries. Gautam Gambhir also used to bat with ease against the spin bowlers. Its direct difference is that in the middle overs, when the spinners try to break the frozen pairs, then such batsmen thwart their efforts.
Mayank Agarwal has scored two double centuries
Mayank Agarwal made his Test debut in 2018. In October 2019, he scored the first double century against South Africa in Visakhapatnam. This is the same match in which his partner Rohit Sharma also scored a big century as an opener. South Africa got its first success for 317 runs. A month later, Mayank Agarwal scored a double century against Bangladesh. Mayank Agarwal scored 243 runs in that match.
The next challenge of the Indian team is the tour of South Africa. In South Africa, the Indian team has to play a series of 3 test matches first. This series was to start from December 17. But due to the current situation of Corona Omicron virus, now this series will be played from 26 December. Along with giving a good start to the Indian team on South African pitches, the responsibility of playing a big innings by staying on the crease will be on Mayank Agarwal.
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