Mayank Agarwal scored a magnificent century on the 1st day of the 2nd test match at Wankhede. The batsman was helped by a brisk start from the other end by Shubhman Gill but after India was 3 down for 80, Agarwal took control and consolidated a partnership with Shreyas Iyer. The two went on to add 80 runs. After Shyreas’s departure, it was Wriddhiman Saha with whom the batsman completed his century and added 61 runs till now.
In a video released by the BCCI, the opening batsman revealed that it means a lot to him to get the test hundred in Wankhede. In his own words
“It is always special for an India (getting a test hundred). This innings wasn’t the nicest looking, wasn’t the easiest of innings but it was all grit and determination. It was all about making a plan and sticking to it. And yeah I’m happy. Happy and relieved that I have been able to stick to the plan and bat through the day”
On batting against Ajaz Patel
In his own words, “It was trying like If I want to go over the top, then I want to get as close to the ball. Sometimes I yorked myself in that process but yeah was trying to go with the spin and get as close I can. But I could get very close then it wouldn’t matter if it spun or not”
Ajaz Patel troubled the Indian batsman in the first test match at Kanpur with his line and length. The left-arm spinner looked in control in this test match too, however, Agarwal was able to play some audacious shots by stepping out of the crease and going over the top.
Followed Sunil Gavaskar Advice : Mayank Agarwal
Gavaskar during the commentary told that he advised Agarwal to keep a short backlift. The 30-year-old also said later on that he tried to copy the stance of Sunil Gavaskar. In his own words, “When he was saying, I noticed his shoulder position and basically picked up that I need to be more side-on,”
Agarwal’s innings have propelled India to 221 for the loss of 4 wickets and India would feel slightly ahead of the game than NZ. The home team will now try to make the most of the advantage with a settled batsman as the wicket is not easy for the new player. Agarwal missed the matches on England tour because of the injury whereas India opted for Rohit Sharma and K L Rahul for the World Test Championship final which the kiwis won.