Uthappa reveals the player behind Mayank’s improvement
When Mayank Agarwal came out to bat alongside Rohit Sharma in the opening day of the 1st Test match against South Africa, there was a little hope that he would make a decent contribution at the top but much to everyone’s surprise, Mayank unleashed his true colours in the Indian conditions.
He was so calm and composed from the word go and thrashed the bowlers at will and scored a terrific century. He constructed a 317-run stand for the opening wicket and after that, he became the first Indian opener in 10 years to notch up a double century in a Test match.
It is worth mentioning that Virender Sehwag was the last Indian opening batsman to have smashed a double ton back in 2009.
Meanwhile, former India opener Robin Uthappa has disclosed the reason behind Mayank Agarwal’s improvement. He revealed how former Karnataka captain R Vinay Kumar played an important role in motivating an out-of-form Mayank Agarwal, who was facing an axe from the state squad sheet, which helped the top-order batsman overcome the lean patch ever since.
Agarwal on Thursday (October 3) became the fourth Indian batsman to convert his maiden Test century to a double delight.
“I remember we contemplated dropping him from a Ranji game but when (captain) R Vinay Kumar gave him a push (motivational words), he scored a triple hundred and did not look back from there,” Robin Uthappa said on the sidelines of a KKR promotional programme.
He went on to essay his maiden triple century in first-class cricket when he scored 304 not out as they beat Maharashtra by an innings and 136 runs in Pune, November 1-4 Ranji Trophy fixture.
Mayank Agarwal was the pick of the batsmen as India scored a massive 502/7 (declared) in Visakhapatnam. “He will only get better with more opportunities. This will give him a lot of confidence,” Uthappa added.