Mayank Agarwal, Karnataka’s opening batsman has inscribed many domestic records to his name, but the world is yet to see witness his international dominance.
The cricket pundits had forecasted Mayank’s entry in the Indian squad for the tri-nation T-20 series, Nidahas Trophy, but it seems that the wait to watch him in blue jersey is yet not over.
Senior players Virat Kohli and Dhoni have been rested, while Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have been named as captain and vice-captain for the tournament. It might have proved to be an opportunity for the 27-year old, considering his brilliant performance in the domestic season of Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Mayank scored 1160 runs including five hundreds and two fifties for Karnataka in 2017-18 to emerge as the top run-getter in the Ranji Trophy and carried his form in the limited-over tournaments too.
He is the highest scorer in the Vijay Hazare Trophy with 663 runs in 7 matches at an average of 90.42.
He smashed three fifties at Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 journey at a strike rate of 144.94 and has scored 2051 runs across all formats which is the second most by an Indian in a season.
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Had BCCI picked Mayank Agarwal, he would have joined as a middle-order batsman but he lost to Rishabh Pant and Deepak Hooda, who have played some impressive knocks in the Indian Premier League.
Soon after catapulting into fame after U-19 World Cup, Mayank was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2010 and has featured in every edition of IPL, but he has failed to attract the limelight in the tournament. This year he would be playing for Kings XI Punjab.
People have been speculating, whether BCCI selection is based on IPL:
Mayank relies on his Vijay Hazare glory:
“We, as cricketers don’t differentiate between the tournaments. It is better to focus on things that we can control, the selection is not in our hands,” Mayank said.
“I want to focus on the Vijay Hazare Trophy right now. I do not have control over India call-up and I do not want to think about it too much,” he added.