Despite being sidelined, Mayank Agarwal is determined to stay focussed
"Every player goes through a different journey."
Updated - Oct 31, 2018 7:49 pm
Mayank Agarwal has been one of the most prolific run-scorers in the Indian domestic circuit for quite a while now. However, the 27-year-old hasn’t been able to break into the national team just yet despite being in the selectors’ radar. He got his maiden call-up in India’s two-match Test series against Windies but didn’t get an opportunity and Prithvi Shaw was preferred ahead of him.
To add insult to his injury, the Karnataka batsman has been left out of the Test squad for the Australia series, which gets underway on December 6 at Adelaide Oval. Nevertheless, the omission hasn’t affected Agarwal by any means and he is determined to stay focused on his game. Moreover, the youngster also prefers to stay in the present rather than worrying about the future.
I don’t think too much ahead
“Every player goes through a different journey. He must understand and accept it. A player should only think about those things which are under his control. If he keeps on performing then sooner or later, he will be rewarded for it. It is very important to leave all the talk aside and focus on your cricket,” Agarwal was quoted as saying in India Today.
“It feels good and motivating to see all these good things happening (youngsters getting a chance in the Test team) but, as a cricketer, it is very important to stick to your game and stay focused on what is in your hand. We train for it. That is something which we have been practising for that many number of years. I don’t think too much ahead, I like to stay in the present,” he added.
In the meantime, Agarwal is set to be a part of the India ‘A’ squad that is scheduled to play three unofficial Tests and as many unofficial One-Dayers against New Zealand ‘A’, starting November 16. The road for the right-hander doesn’t seem to be smooth by any means, but he has the potential to don the national jersey one day.