Mayank Agarwal doesn’t want to be compared with Virender Sehwag
Agarwal made his debut at the MCG.
Updated - Jan 10, 2019 8:19 pm
One of the most consistent domestic performers who was often ignored by the selectors finally broke the doors of the India team during the tour of Australia. Mayank Agarwal started his Test career on an illustrious note by getting 77, 76 and 42 respectively in his first three innings. The alien conditions didn’t scare him a bit and he took the bowlers on, hit them cleanly. The likes of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay didn’t perform as per expectations and Mayank’s show came as a breath of fresh air.
His fearless approach while batting helped the Indian team off to decent starts. This prompted former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar to draw some comparisons between Mayank and Virender Sehwag, the former Indian batsman. The new opener, though, turned down the praise saying that he doesn’t believe in comparisons. Also, he went on to state that he would happy if he can achieve half of what Sehwag did in his career.
‘I just like to go in the middle, give my best and see what comes out of it’
“Honestly, I am not a fan of comparisons, but he is one of the greats of Indian cricket. I just like to go in the middle, give my best and see what comes out of it. Having said that, if I could do even half of what he (Sehwag) did, I will be happy,” Mayank told NDTV after his return to India.
The 27-year-old stated that it was special to make his debut at the MCG. But, what was more special for Mayank Agarwal was to win a Test series in Australia. He seemed to be proud of the achievement and looked extremely satisfied.
“Definitely, it was (special), to make my debut at the MCG and most importantly, to win the Test series in Australia. We became the first team from the sub-continent to win a series in Australia. There can’t be a better start than this,” the Karnataka batsman said.
“I was very excited that I have been called to represent India in Australia in a well-poised series. My thought was I want to be a part of the action than sit out. When I got the call from the selectors, I was very excited. It is a big moment for any cricketer, more so if you do that in MCG on Boxing Day.
“I went there with a plan and I am glad it came off for a bit. I thought Australia was a top-class bowling unit. They play their cricket hard and bring out the best in you. You can’t pick out a bowler. Everyone was good, and you have to be on top of your game to face them,” Mayank Agarwal further said.