Indian Test opener Mayank Agarwal has had a dream run so far with the national team in whites. Mayank Agarwal made his first Test appearance in the 2018-19 tour of Australian in Melbourne, facing the Australian pace bowling attack with bravado. The right-handed batsman, who has 974 runs in 11 Tests so far, hopes to have a breakthrough IPL season in 2020 and prove his mettle in white-ball cricket too.
Mayank Agarwal began his IPL career in 2011 and has played for four franchise so far that include Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, Rising Pune Supergiants, and Kings XI Punjab, which is his present one. However, in nine seasons, the Karnataka-born batsman had his best in 2019. Agarwal made 332 runs in 13 matches for Kings XI Punjab, striking at 141.88 and averaging 25.88. The right-handed batsman hopes to play in a different league this time around.
Mayank Agarwal, who began his practice in the UAE for the tournament that starts on the 19th of this month, hopes to have a worthwhile IPL season. The 28-year old underlined that he is preparing to the best of his ability, ensuring to cover all his bases. Kings XI Punjab, who finished sixth on the points table last year, will have a new skipper in KL Rahul and a revamped coaching staff.
“Hopefully, God willing, that happens. I am preparing to the best of my ability as that’s the only thing in my hand. I am making sure I have covered all bases and hope that this can be a very big IPL for me,” Mayank Agarwal told Times of India.
“We have fond memories of the last time we toured there” : Mayank Agarwal
After the IPL, which will go on till the 10th of November, India are scheduled to tour Australia for four Tests and white-ball games too. Mayank Agarwal underlined that it is something that they spoke about during lockdown and the tour down under is at the back of their mind. Agarwal recollected India’s winning campaign in 2018-19, which was also the first time the men in blue beat Australia in their backyard.
“It definitely is. As an individual and as a team we have spoken about that during the lockdown. We know at the back of our mind that after the IPL, the Indian team tours Oz. We have fond memories of the last time we toured there,” he added.