Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer has said that the opening batsman Mayank Agarwal was upset to miss out on the recent England tour due to an injury.
Notably, Mayank was set to open the innings with Rohit Sharma in the India tour of England 2021 after first-choice opener Shubman Gill was ruled out of the entire series due to an injury. However, just before the match Mayank suffered an injury in a practice session and KL Rahul was given the opening slot and he performed exceptionally well.
Meanwhile, Mayank Agarwal got the opportunity to open the innings in the New Zealand tour of the India Test series and in the second Test match at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai he performed brilliantly smashing a remarkable 120* runs despite not getting much support from the other hand on Day 1.
After the end of the day’s play, Wasim Jaffer said that Mayank was looking forward to opening the innings for India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final and England series but he missed out on both and he was upset about it. He said:
“Even when he (Mayank) came in the IPL, he was really upset missing the England tour because of his injury. He was really looking forward to playing in the WTC final as well. In that manner, he does want to play outside India and do well. He said to me that the England tour happens once every four years, so he won’t get the opportunity again for the next 3-4 years.”
Jaffer lauded the opening batter and said that he is a ” fiesty player” and he focuses a lot on his training and fitness. Former Indian cricketer stated:
“He’s a feisty player; he always wants to play whatever the situation you put him in. He does all the hard yards, whether it be batting for long hours, or his training or his fitness. He ticks all the boxes as far as preparation goes.”
Mayank Agarwal Played Fantastically Well Against Ajaz Patel – Wasim Jaffer
Jaffer feels that Mayank played fantastically well again Ajaz Patel. Kiwi Spinner Ajaz Patel shined for in Day 1 of the Mumbai Test as he managed to pick all 4 Wickets on the day. However, Mayank Agarwal smashed four sixes to left-arm spinner Patel.
Jaffer added that Mayank would have been dropped from the team if Ajinkya Rahane was fit to make place for original captain Virat Kohli in the team. He elaborated:
“Mayank played fantastically well against Ajaz Patel. That is correct; if Ajinkya would’ve been fit, he (Mayank) could’ve missed out. But he grabbed that opportunity with both hands. He’s a gritty character and a fighter.”
“He knew that this innings would be very vital for him, and he made the most of it. Out of all batters, he played Ajaz Patel, the best. Even when wickets were falling, he never took a backward step, (which is a) hallmark of how well he played spin(ners) today,” Jaffer added.
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