Wasn’t too stressed about low scores: Mayank Agarwal
Punjab Kings’ opening batsman Mayank Agarwal had a terrible start in the first two games of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. The right-handed batsman departed for cheap scores – 14 and 0 against Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
However, Mayank picked up the pace in the match against Delhi Capitals as he looked like an entirely whole new player altogether. The attacking batsman top-scored for PBKS with 69 off just 36 balls.
The 30-year-old cricketer smashed as many as 7 fours and 4 sixes to his name at a strike rate of 191.67. Netizens applauded Mayank for rising from the dead to score such a valiant knock for the team.
After scoring a superb half-century, Mayank said he was not too stressed about not delivering the goods in the first couple of IPL matches. He said he tried to stick to the basics that worked for him in the last season.
Mayank aggregated 424 runs in 11 games at a strike rate of 156.45 including 1 century and 2 fifties to his name at a batting average of 38.54.
“I wasn’t thinking too much, I planned to do and keep the mindset that worked for me last year. I thought the last match I had a good ball, I didn’t want to stress too much about it and wanted to look forward and so stuck to what worked for me,” Mayank who helped PBKS post 195/4 in 20 overs said during a virtual press conference.
“I was batting well in the nets, I was getting into good positions, it was about holding shape and I don’t want to live in the previous games and I am happy how I batted. I thought it was a good total. It wasn’t as easy in the first innings and I thought dew played a factor coming in the second innings,” he said.
“I thought Delhi Capitals batted exceedingly well, also there was a dew factor. Credited to Delhi bowlers how they executed after the 12 overs, they went into death bowling and executed it beautifully,” he said.
Punjab Kings will lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 21