Mayank Agarwal had to wait quite some in order to break into the Indian team after racking up tons and tons of runs in the domestic circuit. The Karnataka batsman got his first chance against Australia last year in December at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). In that game, the right-hander showed his intent and didn’t disappoint. Ever since, Agarwal has come a long way.
The 28-year-old had a reasonable tour of the West Indies as well. He has now soared above expectations in the ongoing Test match against South Africa in Visakhapatnam. Mayank went on to pile his maiden Test double century, smothering the Proteas bowling attack. After India won the toss and elected to bat first on a good batting strip, Agarwal was a tad cautious to start with.
Mayank Agarwal oozes confidence in Visakhapatnam
By the end of the first day’s play, he was unbeaten on 84 runs and in the first session of Day two, he brought up his maiden Test century off 204 balls. He was involved in a 317-run stand for the opening wicket with Rohit Sharma, who also flourished with 176 runs. After the stupendous partnership, the hosts lost skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara cheaply, but Mayank carried on.
At Lunch, Mayank was unbeaten on 138 and didn’t look in any sort of trouble whatsoever. He played some quality reverse-sweeps off Dane Piedt as well. And not even once, did he seem to mistime any of those strokes. The swashbuckling batter stepped on the gas a wee bit as the visitors’ bowlers kept tiring. His double ton came in the 116th over, bowled by left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.
The tweaker bowled outside the off-stump and Agarwal drove the leather firmly down the ground to long-off. The fielder there had to cover a lot of ground and that gave Mayank a chance to come back for a couple. It was a good effort from the fieldsman, but it wasn’t enough to stop the batter from achieving the milestone. He got to his double ton off 358 balls. Subsequently, Twitterati praised him.
Here is how Twitter lauded Mayank Agarwal for his masterful knock
A top knock from Mayank Agarwal. Loving the way he's building his innings. Also, Rohit's 176 was entertaining, became the first player to score 4 tons in all three formats! #INDvSA
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) October 3, 2019
Shabash @mayankcricket bhut badiya.. lage raho 200 🏏⭐️
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 3, 2019
Double Century. Incredible effort. Mayank Agarwal. 👏👏 #IndvSA
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 3, 2019
It has been so satisfying to see @mayankcricket take such giant strides with an immaculate double century. Composed, organised and hungry.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 3, 2019
Many congratulations @mayankcricket on scoring a double 💯. May this be the first of many to follow !! 🏏#INDvsSA pic.twitter.com/jdfvZOTAOc
— Mithun Manhas 🇮🇳 (@MithunManhas) October 3, 2019
Outstanding effort from Mayank Agarwal to convert his maiden test century into a double. His hunger for runs from Karnataka to India A to now for India is incredible @mayankcricket #INDvSA
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 3, 2019
Mayank surely knows how to make it large.. Another testament to the robustness of the domestic circuit. Absolutely brilliant #INDvsSA
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) October 3, 2019
Bravo @mayankcricket! #200
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 3, 2019
Mayank Agarwal, you beauty.#TeamIndia opener brings up his maiden 💯💯 in Test cricket. #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/TdrcHzN9fj
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 2019
What a fantastic performance! 🇮🇳🙌
Well done, @mayankcricket 👏😎#INDvSA #TeamIndia #KorboLorboJeetbo
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 3, 2019
Indians converting their maiden Test century into double-century:
Dilip Sardesai 200* v NZ, 1965
Vinod Kambli 224 v Eng, 1993
Karun Nair 303* v Eng, 2016
Mayank Agarwal 208* v SA, 2019#IndvSA
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 3, 2019
Just like our own Karun, Mayank too coverts his maiden century into a big one. Take a bow, Champ. We wish you to convert this double century into a triple century #INDvSA
— Karnataka Ranji Team/ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರಣಜಿ ತಂಡ (@RanjiKarnataka) October 3, 2019
Mayank Agarwal 200+ fc scores
304* for Karnataka vs Maharashtra in Nov 2017
220 for India A vs South Africa A Aug 2018
200* for India vs South Africa Oct 2019#IndvSA #IndvSA
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 3, 2019
Superb effort from Mayank Agarwal! You toil it away in domestic circuit waiting for such days, dreaming of such days. Excellent knock, Mayank. Make it a habit.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) October 3, 2019
Double for #MayankAgarwal and still on crease.
Well played young man. Keep soaring high.
— ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴀʀᴋ ʜᴏʀꜱᴇ (@darkhorse9a9) October 3, 2019
#MayankAgarwal is a result of domestic cricket who performs with hard work and determination.
Now wd request @BCCI to stop picking players from IPL nd give chances to those who wre performing in domestic ckt.
We've lots of talent there and we'll get our number four too#INDvSA
— Rajeev Rai (@Rajeev_Bharat) October 3, 2019
Great maiden double hundred by Mayank Agarwal. #INDvsSA test match
— Raghu D (@RaghuD43027304) October 3, 2019
U Beauty @mayankcricket . What a innings. Fantastic double hundred 💯💯
Keep continue what you doing best🇮🇳
Take a bow! #MayankAgarwal #DoubleCentury #INDvSA #ICCTestChampionship @BCCI @ICC pic.twitter.com/EVDULQIwFH
— Rahul Sinha (@BeingRahulSinha) October 3, 2019
Mayank Agarwal has came a long way from all those 25s and 30s in IPL. Great composure, great temperament. A long way to go buddy 👏@mayankcricket #INDvsSA pic.twitter.com/n6DrHagJTJ
— shubham shrivastava (@imshubham76) October 3, 2019
Double century for Mayank Agarwal!
What a special innings this has been 😍
🇮🇳 – 425/3 #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #INDvSA
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) October 3, 2019
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