Former Indian cricketer Ajit Agarkar reckoned that opener, Mayank Agarwal, has technical deficiencies which will be exposed in tough batting conditions on overseas soil.
Agarwal has a stunning record in home games but he becomes a different player when playing in away matches. His high backlift has been criticised as it doesn’t usually work in Test matches where good defence is mandatory.
“He has wasted a chance because he started the series well. It is not easy when Rabada is in such good rhythm, the way he was bowling, but he [Mayank] has technical faults. He gets out in the same way and he will get more exposed, especially, in overseas conditions,” Agarkar said.
He hasn’t played in overseas conditions as well – Ajit Agarkar
Another factor that may play a part in his overseas form is the lack of experience. Mayank is often part of the team as the backup opener and the games he gets are quite sporadic.
“He could have done very little with this ball because it was close to the off-stump on a good length, moved away slightly after pitching, and bounced as well. Mayank Agarwal has not played much in overseas conditions as well because he is the third or fourth opener,” Agarkar further mentioned.
Now that Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, and Rohit Sharma have established themselves at the top of the order, this South Africa series was the best chance for Mayank to put his hat in the ring but he failed to do so.