“It worries me that people are just going to tag me as a one-day and T20 player. Whenever I get a chance, I should make it count. Otherwise, I’m writing my own fate.”
This is what Mayank Agarwal had said in an interview two years ago. Changing his fate, Mayank Agarwal went on to score his maiden triple century as Karnataka seized control against Maharashtra on Day 3 of their Group B Ranji Trophy match in Pune on Friday.
Agarwal started the day 3 with 219 runs in his bag and notched up an unbeaten 304 off 494 balls that included 28 fours and four sixes. Karnataka declared the innings on 628/5.
26-year-old Mayank has represented India, India Blue, India A and a number of district teams. He is best known for his explosive batting style and is called the little version of Virender Sehwag. In the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy in 2008-09, he smashed 432 runs at an average of 54 in five matches. He was one of the stars of the Under-19 team that toured Australia in 2009 and hit a match-winning knock of 160 runs.
He was signed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the fourth edition of the Indian T20 League. Though he did not play many games that season, he played all the matches in 2012 and scored a 30-ball 64 against Mumbai Indians, his career-best score in IPL. Due to lack of form, he was in and out of the side in 2013, before moving to Delhi Daredevils for IPL-7.
"My captain, team-mates, and coaches told me not to lose heart when I was down. That backing meant a lot when the chips were down. In fact, I did get very emotional when CM (Gautam) hugged me and said, 'Well done. Proud of you.' I'm grateful I have elder brothers in the team and cricket fraternity who always have a word of encouragement when I need it the most." Said Agarwal during the post-match press conference.There is little doubt over the ability and class of the boy from Bengaluru, but Agarwal needs to be a lot more consistent with the bat if he wants to make it to team India.