Team India opener Mayank Agarwal took batting to a whole new level with his double century in the first Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam. Meanwhile, the journey has not been easy for the Karnataka batsman. Recently, his former teammate Robin Uthappa revealed how discarded India cricketer Vinay Kumar helped Mayank change his fortunes.
Mayank had a few poor outings in the Ranji Trophy which almost put him out of the stateside before he made a scintillating comeback which put him in the forefront once again. However, it was the then Karnataka skipper Vinay Kumar, who came to Mayank Agarwal’s rescue, reveals Robin Uthappa.
Kumar had a good motivational chat with the talented batsman which changed his game altogether. Mayank went onto score triple century in the next game and since then, he has not looked behind. After consistent scores since the last 18 months, doors opened for Mayank Agarwal and he has made full use of the opportunity.
“I remember we contemplated dropping him from a Ranji game but when (captain) R Vinay Kumar gave him a push (motivational words), he scored a triple hundred and did not look back from there,” Uthappa said on Thursday.
Robin Uthappa also heaped praise on Rohit Sharma, who scored a century in his first Test as an opener. Calling him as one of the best batters of the world, Uthappa said that the Mumbai cricketer understands his game well and knows what he needs to do.
“He (Rohit) has always done well in India and abroad. In white ball cricket, he dominates the scene right now. He is arguably one of the best batsman in the world. He has reached a point in his career where he understands his batting really well and knows what works for him,” he concluded.