Mayank Agarwal,
Mayank Agarwal (Credit: Getty Images)

Mayank Agarwal, who made his international debut for the Indian National Cricket team in the Boxing Day Test, has impressed early in his career. Mayank burst onto the scene when the openers were struggling to provide a good start in Australia and made it count. However, retrospecting on his debut tour, Mayank Agarwal has credited teammate KL Rahul for a terrific start to his international career.

After waiting on sidelines for a significant amount of time, Agarwal made it to the Indian team as the replacement of injured Prithvi Shaw. Meanwhile, he was there in the Test side for the Windies series but didn’t get a game during the two-match series. At the MCG, Mayank Agarwal played a well-made knock of 76 runs to share a massive second-wicket stand with Cheteshwar Pujara before topping the scoring chart in the second essay with 42 runs to help India post a good target. He then backed it up with another scintillating 77 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

KL Rahul, Australia vs India 2018

Agarwal credits KL Rahul

Mayank Agarwal mentioned how KL Rahul, his statemate, helped him to negate the Australian bowling attack. He also admitted how the bowlers were hostile and how he got Rahul’s help on the areas they would pitch the ball in and the tactics they would use to unsettle the batsmen.

We are very good friends. KL spoke to me when we went out for a coffee. He spoke to me, told me things that the Australian attack would look to do and this could be their plan. Rahul identified the areas they would bowl. He gave me an outline of how they would target me. Having played international cricket, he gave me a good clue as to what would happen out at the centre,” Agarwal said to Times Now.

However, it is now likely to see if KL Rahul, who couldn’t put runs on the board, retains his place in the Test side.

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