Team India have found a reliable opening batsman in Mayank Agarwal. Since his Test debut in Australia, Mayank has been of top-class with the bat. He added another century to his account to keep India in line for a big score during the first Test against Bangladesh at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.

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Meanwhile, at 119 for 3, Bangladesh sensed an opportunity, but Mayank and Ajinkya Rahane have done well to shut the doors on the visitors. The bowling was disciplined and Abu Jayed, in particular, was impressive. He has deserved all the three wickets, adding Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, to his overnight scalp of Rohit Sharma.

Pujara looked like a man in a rush, getting past his fifty and then going after a floaty away swinger – only to edge it to gully. A duck for Kohli followed, his 10th in Tests, and India looked in some trouble. But Rahane has looked very positive and Mayank Agarwal has made his own luck. He was dropped late yesterday and used DRS to save himself today.

Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane. Credit: BCCI

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Only in his seventh Test, Mayank has proved why he is so highly-rated as a Test opener. After missing out centuries in Australia and West Indies, the Karnataka-born batsman made full use of the opportunity against South Africa. He scored a century in first and then backed with a double ton in the second Test.

After a rare failure in the third Test, Mayank Agarwal is back in his elements against Bangladesh. India lost Rohit Sharma early and then Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in quick succession on the next day but Mayank didn’t let the pressure sink in with his dominant batting.

Although he has looked a bit edgy but has been very fruitful scoring the all-important runs. He currently has the second-most runs scored by a batsman after Steve Smith since his international debut. Mayank will hope to keep up his good run going and help India register a massive first innings lead.

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Mayank Agarwal. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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The internet broke soon after the dazzling opener reached his third Test century. Along with congratulating Mayank, many looked at him as a long-time solution for India’s problem as a Test opener.

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