VVS Laxman compares Mayank Agarwal with the great Virender Sehwag

Former Indian great VVS Laxman thinks that the batting approach and playing style of current India test team opener Mayank Agarwal is well matched with the another Indian great opener Virender Sehwag, who has been the 28-year old opener’s idol since childhood.


India defeated South Africa by a huge margin of 203 runs after showing outstanding performance in all three sectors- batting, bowling and fielding of the first test match at Visakhapatnam on Sunday, October 6. Mayank Agarwal scored a crushing double century in the first innings of the match.

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“He is a solid batsman and has moved toward this game like a domestic cricket match. Players usually change the way in which they play in domestic and international cricket, however he figured out how to keep up his style in the two types of cricket. Mental sturdiness and stability are his qualities and he plays bravely simply like his favourite, Virender Sehwag,” Laxman said.

Agarwal scored 215 runs off 371 balls in India’s first innings total of 502 for 7 declared against South Africa in the first test. He hit 23 fours and 6 sixes during his 215-run knock. He also became only the fourth Indian batsman after Dilip Sardesai, Vinod Kambli and Karun Nair to convert his maiden century into a double-century in a test match.

Agarwal had been consistent with his form from the starting of his career. He scored a half century in his debut innings against Australia in 2018. Since then, he hit two half-centuries more and a recent double century against the Proteas. The Karnataka opener scored 497 runs in 9 innings averaging 55.22 in his test career till now.

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