India batsman Mayank Agarwal on Sunday became only the fourth Indian opener to register two scores of 50 or more in a Test match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Having plundered 150 runs against New Zealand in the first innings, out of India’s total of 325, Mayank Agarwal scored 62 runs in the second innings. He, however, missed the opportunity to become only the 7th India batter to hit a hundred in each innings of a Test match.
The right-hander, though, joined the company of Chetan Chauhan (52, 84 in 1978), Sunil Gavaskar (205, 73 in 1978) and Kris Srikkanth (71, 65 in 1987) as India openers to notch two fifties in a Test at the Wankhede.
It was a magnificent hundred from Mayank Agarwal: Sachin Tendulkar
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar was effusive in praise for Mayank Agarwal’s first innings ton. Tendulkar was especially impressed by the opener’s smart gameplay against spinners, in particular milestone man Ajaz Patel.
“The way he capitalised on his start was magnificent because initially, it took him some time to get into rhythm. He stayed there and when the time was right he attacked spinners quite consistently. Some of the deliveries he attacked were good. That puts a lot of pressure on their bowling side and that is what Mayank was able to do. On the whole, it was a magnificent hundred,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.