Agarwal 36 runs away from surpassing Pujara, Gavaskar
India Test opener Mayank Agarwal is just 36 runs away from surpassing stalwarts Cheteshwar Pujara and Sunil Gavaskar in an elite Test list.
The right-hand batsman, who has so far played 15 innings from 10 Tests, needs only 36 runs within his next three innings to become the second-fastest Indian batsman to cross the 1000 Test run landmark.
Mayank can not take the first place, however, as the top position belongs to former opener Vinod Kambli, who had gone past 1000 Test runs in just 14 innings.
As Agarwal has already played one more innings than Kambli, so he can now eye for the second position, which has been taken by Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara needed 18 innings to score more than 1000 runs in Test cricket.
And if Agarwal can surpass Pujara, he will automatically eclipse the now third-highest Gavaskar as well, who reached 1000 Test runs on his 21st innings.
Agarwal has been in good form of late, as he scored 34 and 58 respectively in the two innings of Wellington Test, despite dismal performances from the other batsmen of his team.
If he can continue this good form in the second Test in Christchurch beginning from Saturday (February 29), he is most likely to reach 1000 Test runs on his 16th or 17th innings.
Fastest Indian batsmen to reach 1000 Test runs
VG Kambli – 14 innings
CA Pujara – 18 innings
SM Gavaskar – 21 innings
SV Manjrekar – 23 innings
R Dravid – 23 innings
SC Ganguly – 23 innings