Mayank Agarwal's New Stance Has Restricted His Backfoot Movement: Sunil Gavaskar

Mayank Agarwal’s New Stance Has Restricted His Backfoot Movement: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Credit: AFP

Former India cricketers, Sunil Gavaskar and Deep Dasgupta have made comments and suggestions on Mayank Agarwal’s batting technique after the opener could manage to score only  31 runs in 4 innings in the ongoing series against Australia.

Not just his low scores, but experts believe that Agarwal has got a chink in his armour despite the fact that he is coming off from his career-best IPL season. Agarwal seems to be exposed for lack of feet movement which puts his bat far away from his body at the time of playing the delivery.

Pat Cummins, India, Australia
Pat Cummins knocks over Mayank Agarwal [Photo-Twitter]
Pat Cummins fizzed a delivery between Agarwal’s pad-bat gap in the first Test while Mitchell Starc rapped one on his pads in the first over of the second Test.

As Rohit Sharma is named as the vice-captain of the team, it is confirmed that he will be selected in the eleven for the third Test in Sydney. Shubman Gill impressed everyone on his debut, he looked solid, attacked the Aussie pacers, and remained unbeaten in the short chase; this could mean that Agarwal’s place in the eleven is insecure, and if selected in Sydney, he should make it count.

Sunil Gavaskar suggests tweaking Agarwal’s stance

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal (Credits: Twitter)

Sunil Gavaskar opined that Agharwal’s new stance, with a high backlift and closed body, has reduced his feet movement, which won’t work in Australian conditions. The former India opener suggests the 29-year-old adopt a bit more open stance to counter the inswingers from the left-arm angle of Mitchell Starc.

“His new stance is giving him less options on the backfoot, something that he cannot do on Australian pitches. It can help him cover for that movement inside from the left-arm pacer,” Gavaskar said.

Former India wicket-keeper, Deep Dasgupta also reckons that the Kings XI Punjab opener brings his wrists closer to the body which will help him get to the delivery faster.

“It happened to me once too and it needs to be worked on. He can probably bring his wrists closer so that he can get to the ball quicker,” Deep Dasgupta told Times of India.

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