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Mayank Agarwal converts maiden hundred into double

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8th innings into international test career, the Karnataka lad has already proven his mettle by scoring a double hundred in his opening debut. Playing his first test in India, he punctuated his innings with 23 fours and 6 sixes. Mayank Agarwal, along with Rohit Sharma have already put India in the drivers seat against South Africa in the first test the of Paytm Gandhi-Mandela Freedom Trophy at Visakhapatman.

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal celebrates on scoring a maiden double hundred
His partner Rohit Sharma, who also happened to score a maiden ton as an opener missed the landmark of double ton by mere 24 runs. After his maiden double ton, he said

I am extremely happy. It is a feeling I can’t describe. Glad that I could make my maiden hundred into a double. I am happy with the way I played. I am batting well and if we can keep batting together like this upfront, it will be great for the team. If Rohit and me can keep making 450- 500 runs every time, it will be very tough for the opposition.I would be lying to say that you only have to think about your own game. At times you feel that you are playing well and I can take chance, but that’s not how it works. You have to be patient. We had great partnership to lay the foundation and get 300 runs. The way he (Rohit) dominated the spinners was great to see. Initially the pitch did do a bit with the new ball but when the sun came down it got better and better. As we approached lunch on day two, the ball started keeping low. It started spinning by tea and it is great sign for us. They (Ashwin & Jadeja) have been bowling great areas, kept pressure and bowled great lines. But definitely the wicket has changed and if it plays like its playing now, they will get a lot of purchase.

Mayank Agarwal played his first Test in Australia at the MCG and began his career with a solid patient innings scoring 76 and 42 as India won by 137 runs.

At the domestic circuit, he was the leading run-scorer in the 2017–18 Vijay Hazare Trophy, with 723 runs in eight matches. He scored 2,141 runs across all formats, the highest total by any batsman in an Indian domestic season. In June 2018, he was awarded with the Madhavrao Scindia Award For The Highest Run-Scorer In Ranji Trophy by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

He was the leading run-scorer for Karnataka in the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy, with 251 runs in seven matches. In October 2018, he was named in India B’s squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy. The following month, he was named as one of eight players to watch ahead of the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy(Source- Wikipedia).

With Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal exploding at the top, the worry for team selection committee has only doubled Too early to say, its going to be difficult for Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul to make comeback into the team as openers.

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