From triple century to half-century in consecutive Tests; Mayank Agarwal is here to stay

How many of you remember, who was the leading run-scorer for India in the ICC U-19 World Cup in 2010? Or when he scored his maiden triple century in the first-class cricket last year? I am sure many of you remember his triple century very well along with the batsman who scored. He is none other than Mayank Agarwal. 


Having started at a very early age, Mayank Agarwal came to limelight with his wonderful performances in the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy in 2008-09 and in 2010, he became the highest run-getter for India in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

 

Mayank Agarwal scored his maiden triple century (304*) in the first-class cricket for Karnataka against Maharashtra in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy. Moreover, it was the 50th triple century scored in first-class cricket in India. His triple ton came in November 2017 and during the same month, he smashed 1,000 runs in the first-class cricket as well. Even, he was the highest run-getter in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy season, finishing the tournament with a dominating 1,160 runs.

Not only this, in February 2018, Mayank Agarwal was the leading run-getter in the 2017–18 Vijay Hazare Trophy where he scored 723 runs in eight matches. He amassed 2,141 runs across all formats which were the highest total by any batsman in an India domestic season. Mayank Agarwal was awarded the ‘Madhavrao Scindia Award’ For The leading Run-Scorer in Ranji Trophy by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Mayank Agarwal was the leading run-getter for his state Karnataka in the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy where he scored 251 runs in seven matches. In October 2018, he got selected in India B’s squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy also. He scored a century in the Karnataka Premier League in the year 2010 where he was adjudged the ‘Man of the Series’.

After having a prolific domestic career, Mayank Agarwal had been ignored by the selectors for a longer period of time. Finally, he got his maiden call-up in the national team for the test series against West Indies in September 2018 but did not get the chance to play. Again in December 2018, he was named in India’s Test squad for Australia series, after Prithvi Shaw was ruled out due to an injury.

Mayank Agarwal made his Test debut against Australia on 26 December 2018. Agarwal slowly built his innings where the first boundary of the day came from his bat only. The first six of the innings hit by him as well. After lunch, a couple of boundaries off Nathan Lyon took Agarwal to his maiden Test half-century. He scored 76 runs in the first innings at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). This was the highest score by an Indian on a Test debut in Australia, surpassing the record of 51 runs by Dattu Phadkar, at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in 1947.

Mayank Agarwal scored his second successive Test half-century in the ongoing test against Australia. Though he was constantly troubled by short balls, he survived and scored 77 before he missed Lyon’s delivery and ended up hitting it in the air towards long on where Starc picked up a comfortable catch. Agarwal again failed to convert his fifty into a hundred. Hope he continues to score big and able to convert his half-centuries into hundreds, because he is here to stay, for a long time.

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