There is a saying called ”Everything happens for a reason”. Perhaps, it is the best suit to Mayank Agarwal, who was waiting for his chance in the Indian Cricket Team for many years. Finally, he got his maiden cap and it was in the historic Boxing Day Test. He made it a fruitful one with a fine knock to his name.
The right-handed opening batsman, who replaced Prithvi Shaw scored fifty right in his first game. He dominated things with his class and received accolades from the cricket fanatics across the world. Meanwhile, speaking to Kings XI Punjab official website, he revealed the banter he undergone during the series.
No sponsor for the bat? Tim Paine to Mayank Agarwal
With Mayank Agarwal making his debut for the team, he hasn’t got any sponsors on his willow. He played with a sticker-less bat, with which, he knocked few classy drives through the covers. Meanwhile, Tim Paine tried to have some fun with the youngster.
Tim Paine, the skipper of Australia, with his players around the Mayank’s bat, asked to give their price for Mayank Agarwal. However, Mayank has been pretty determined in knocking runs for him and the team in the tough conditions alongside Cheteshwar Pujara.
“I did not have a bat sponsor, so Tim Paine had a go at me and asked his team, ‘How much do you reckon he’s worth? I did get a few comments coming my way when I was batting,” Agarwal told kxip.in. “There were no abuses. Just some friendly banter.”
Aaron Finch regarding Melbourne’s nightlife:
Further, he went on to reveal that Aaron Finch tried to have some fun when fielding closely to the batsman. He asked Mayank Agarwal for the night out if gets out quickly, as Melbourne got a fantastic nightlife. However, Mayank got a classic reply with him.
“Aaron Finch was one of them. Off the field, we are good friends. We’ve played together for Kings XI Punjab. So, it was just light banter. In the second innings at the MCG, I was batting close to end of day’s play and Finch came up to and said, ‘Listen, Mayank. Melbourne’s got a great nightlife, a good place to party. If you get out now, you could do that.’” To which I replied ‘‘Listen Aaron, I am married.”
All in all, it was a great debut series for Mayank Agarwal in Australia. Over the last few months, Mayank Agarwal has been scoring runs on a consistent basis to knock the selection doors. He finally got the chance in a high-voltage series, which, he made a memorable one.