The second and last Test match of the two-Test series between India and New Zealand is being played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Mayank Agarwal scored an unbeaten century on the first day. Mayank Agarwal is conscious that it won’t be easy for him to make it to the playing XI with the return of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma but coach Rahul Dravid’s advice on maintaining focus and controlling things in his hands will benefit him immensely. Happened. Mayank scored 120 under pressure on Friday and remained at the crease after the first day’s play. He made a slight change in his method by watching the video of former legend Sunil Gavaskar’s batting before this Test, which worked.
Mayank said after the day’s play, ‘When I was selected in the playing XI, Rahul bhai (Dravid) spoke to me. He told me to control what is in my hands and come out on the field and do my best.” He (Dravid) told me when you get a good start, try to convert it into a big innings. I am happy to capitalize on what I had started. But the message from Rahul bhai was very clear that I should make it a memorable one. The Bengaluru opener lamented that luck did not favor him in England. He suffered a head injury during the net session on the England tour and then things were not in his hands.
He said, ‘It was unfortunate for me that I could not play in England. I was hurt and there was not much I could do about it. I accepted it and continued to work hard and work on my process and game. Gavaskar, during his commentary session, talked about how he had advised Agarwal to reduce his back-lift. The opener said that he is trying to implement it. Mayank said, ‘He told me that I should consider keeping the bat a little lower early in my innings. I hold it a little higher. I can’t change it in such a short time. I noticed his shoulder position after watching his video.
For Mayank, this innings is about ‘patience and determination’. He said, ‘I think this innings was more about patience and determination. It required being disciplined to stick with the plan. I know I didn’t look good sometimes, but I did my job.’ At the end of the first day’s play, the Indian team scored 221 runs for four wickets. Wriddhiman Saha (25 not out) is at the crease along with Mayank.