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‘Score 200’ – Virat Kohli signals Mayank Agarwal to keep batting and go for a double ton

Virat Kohli signaled to Mayank to carry on and get a double hundred.

Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal
Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Mayank Agarwal has done extremely well since his Test debut for India in Australia Down Under. The right-handed Karnataka batsman had been reaping rich rewards for his years of hard work in domestic cricket for the previous 2-3 years, as he scored tons in every format by bucket and finally got to wear the much-coveted India Test jersey.

Agarwal scored a brilliant 70-odd on his debut against Australia at the MCG and then scored his first ton against South Africa, which he turned into a double century and scored another century in the series. This was a welcome relief for the opener, who had a lean outing in West Indies, where KL Rahul was tried and after failure, was discarded. He played second fiddle to Rohit Sharma in Vizag Test but came into his own in the first Test against Bangladesh.

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Virat Kohli urges Mayank Agarwal to keep going and get a double ton

Mayank Agarwal made his second 150-plus score in his 8th Test match on day two of the first Test match at the Holkar Stadium in Indore against Bangladeshi bowlers. As the batsman raised his bat and acknowledged the applause from the crowd and the dressing room after getting to 150, Virat Kohli signaled to him to carry on and get a double hundred. Mayank Agarwal raised his thumb and acknowledged Virat Kohli’s signal from the dressing room.

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Agarwal had to play the role of silent partner to an unusually aggressive Cheteshwar Pujara on day one, but as he got out early on day two, Agarwal took centerstage and as soon as he reached his 100, took on the Bangla bowlers apart and with 3 sixes and 21 boundaries, Mayank was unbeaten on 156 at Tea on Friday.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami’s 3/27 and two wickets each from Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and R Ashwin stopped the Tamim and Shakib-less Bangladesh team to just 150 runs in the first innings. Mushfiqur Rahim made 43, while new captain Mominul Haque made 37, but were unable to handle the heat from Indian fast bowlers and guile of Ashwin, who completed 250 Test wickets at home soil. Mohammed Shami came very near to picking a hat-trick in the Test, but a tea break in between broke his rhythm.

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