Mayank Agarwal, New Zealand, India, New Zealand vs India 2020
Mayank Agarwal. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Mayank Agarwal has made his opportunities count from the word go and has been on top of the game in the longest format. Agarwal has looked solid as an opener with his steady approach and fits right for the Indian cricket team in Test cricket. Ashish Nehra believes Agarwal has shown plenty of promise and he can further get better with time.

Agarwal had notched up his first Test double century while playing his fifth match. It came on on Day 2 of the 1st Test between India and South Africa in Vizag in 2019. He had reached the landmark in 358 balls, with his knock laced up with 22 boundaries and 5 hits over the fence.

Nehra said that the tour of New Zealand earlier this year was a learning curve for Agarwal. He also added from his experience that playing in New Zealand in the most difficult task. “It takes time and New Zealand is not an easy place,” Nehra said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports. “With my experience, for batters, the most difficult place on this planet when it comes to cricket-playing nations is New Zealand. New Zealand has always been tough, so Mayank Agarwal, I am sure he has learnt a lot from the New Zealand tour. And it was not only for him, and for everyone, it was a challenge.”

“He has shown promise, there is no doubt about it. And it’s early days in his career, you have to give everyone time,” Nehra said. “He has done really well in domestic games and India-A and that’s how he got his chance. He is not somebody who has been playing domestic cricket for one or two years and suddenly he comes to the scene. He has scored a lot of runs and am sure with time he will get better and better.”

Agarwal had made his Test debut in Australia. He was the 86th player to score a century for the national team. He will be next seen in action in the IPL 2020, which is slated to get underway in UAE from September.