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Glad he played and even more glad that he scored a hundred: Irfan Pathan on Mayank Agarwal

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Irfan Pathan had earlier backed to continue with Mayank Agarwal as the batsman has a terrific record in the home conditions. After the match, Irfan commented “Glad he played and even more glad that scored hundred”

VVS Laxman on the other hand had backed Rahane to be in the team and wanted Agarwal to make the exit in order to accommodate Virat Kohli. The former Indian batsman later praised the opening batsman for his outstanding century.

Mayank Agarwal’s century has ensured that India will be in a commanding position in the second test match against New Zealand. After a delayed start due to the rain, India won the toss and decided to bat first. Shubhman Gill and Agarwal went on to add 80 runs but then three quick wickets meant that India was on backfoot. Kohli was given a controversial LBW out where replays from one angle suggested that the batsman had nicked the ball first whereas from other angles it appeared that the ball nipped the bat and pad together. In the absence of conclusive evidence, the third umpire decided to stay with the decision of the on-field umpire, and hence Kohli was given out.

Agarwal then took India to recovery with a solid partnership with Shreyas Iyer, adding 80 runs. The batsman has now added 61 runs with Wriddhiman Saha and is eyeing a double hundred.

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Was likely to get replaced

The return of Virat Kohli was challenging for the team management as Shreyas Iyer, who came in as a replacement for him and scored a century and half-century. Three players were on the line in order to accommodate Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal was the most probable one. However, BCCI announced before the start of the match that Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, and Rahane will not be playing due to injury.

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