Fans question the selection decision after Mayank Agarwal scored another hundred for India A
Agarwal was ignored by the national selectors for the Test squad in England.
Updated - Aug 26, 2018 5:41 pm
As the Indian senior selection committee was expected to declare the Test squad for the last two matches in England a lot of names were in the fray. Though most of the batsmen got amongst the runs by the third Test and the bowlers picked wickets, there was expected to a change in the squad. Three India A players who had delivered big in the recent past had most bets on them. It was speculated that two of Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari would make it to the team.
After the conclusion of the third Test in Trent Bridge, it was confirmed that Shaw and Vihari will join the squad. While the 18-year-old is an opener and replacement for Vijay, who failed miserably at Edgbaston and Lord’s, Vihari was added to the squad as a backup for skipper Virat Kohli. Amidst all that, a certain segment of the fans was not quite pleased with the judgement as Agarwal missed out on a spot yet again.
The 27-year-old who would’ve certainly been disappointed didn’t concede that and scored a century in the next outing for India A against India B in Bangalore. Agarwal helped his team India B register their second straight win and rise to the top of the points table. This is his first significant knock in the series and in fact, his third hundred in the last five List A matches.
As far as his first-class performance is concerned, he scored three ducks, a fifty and a double hundred in the last four FC matches.
“I think I am very happy with the progress. I am very happy with the way I am batting. I am in a great mindspace and I want to continue batting and scoring runs. Scoring 2000 runs in a domestic season is not a joke. I am very, very happy with the way I am batting,” he had recently said talking about his form.
Here is how the fans reacted:
@BCCI I request you to please give Mayank Agarwal a chance to play for India . He has been consistent for a while
— Nishant (@Nishant47546924) August 25, 2018
I'm bored and tired of Mayank Agarwal scoring tons of runs. What should he do to get selected for Ind? #IndAvIndB
— Second Father 😈 (@father_second) August 25, 2018
— shrikant jadhav (@jshrikant54) August 25, 2018
All said and done, Mayank Agarwal playing quadrangulars over warming the bench with the Test team in England may not be a bad thing after all. Puts him in the frame to force his way into the ODI team for Asia Cup.
— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) August 25, 2018
— Cricket Blog (@kirketblog) August 25, 2018
Can't quarrel with Prithvi Shaw's inclusion in India's Test squad. Very exciting talent and deserves his shot. But in the meantime, Mayank Agarwal is not letting any opportunity go to remind the selectors he's still in contention too. Century today: https://t.co/0NM9dsi48y
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) August 25, 2018
Mayank Agarwal on his way to another big one
Surely deserves an odi look in at some point this year as a reserve opener
— Pradeep Ramarathnam (@congusmaximus) August 25, 2018
Another match, another hundred by #MayankAgarwal 👏
** He scored 7th list-A hundreds in last 19 innings in 2018.
** Over 2000 runs in this years domestic season.
** India's highest run scorer in tri-series in England.
— RVcricadda (@iRoshan_Rv) August 25, 2018
In 2018 List A Cricket:
Most Runs: Mayank Agarwal
Most Fours: Mayank Agarwal
Most 100s: Mayank Agarwal
But still no place in Indian team!
— #CricBuzz_FC (@CricBuzz_FC) August 25, 2018
We have many examples to quote on Pan India basis.
Loads of runs yet no call from seniors' team.
— Bhavani Sankar M S ® (@Bhavanisms) August 25, 2018
Another 100 for Mayank Agarwal champ"124".@BCCIdomestic @bcciselectors.
— Abhijith kumar (@abhijith2294) August 25, 2018
Tremendous in first class level..but flops when most matters..although IPL should not be criteria for national selection…but that's where u are always noticed..pity for Mayank Agarwal
— Vikrant Yadav (@Vikrant23239901) August 25, 2018
— Gomesh Shanmugavelayutham (@GS_cricfan) August 25, 2018