Mayank Agarwal has been in red hot form in his domestic career, through brilliant batting performances in the Ranji Trophy of 2017-18, making him the leading run getter in the campaign. Agarwal has carried on his form for the India A squad as well, with his latest feat being a 220 against South Africa A in the ongoing four day match, in his local city – Bangaluru.
On his rise in form in domestic cricket, here’s what Agarwal had to say:
"I just felt that it was just a one-off tournament where I didn't get runs and I'm quite happy with the way the year has gone by," Agarwal said on Monday (August 6). "As a batsman, I feel that 'Yes, it's a big tournament. It is something big for every player. If I have to see the year on an average, then I have done well in four tournaments out of five. I will happily take that. It's all about looking at the year as a whole and not just one tournament. Yes, you try learn from every tournament, try and learn from every experience, try and become a better player. That's what I look to do. But I can't be too critical of myself."
Mayank Agarwal also expressed how former Indian captain Rahul Dravid helped him to develop as a player in their much recent tour to England.
"It was not the usual English summer, it was quite hot. But you know the ball did move a bit and for a lot of us, it was the first time playing in England and first time playing against the Dukes ball. It did move a bit and it was a great experience for us and a great learning. As Rahul bhai has always said, it's all about getting new experiences, countering these conditions and learning from them. So I thought it was a great learning experience."
On being asked if he fancies a place in the national team sooner rather than later, here’s how the 27 year old responded.
"To be really honest, that's not something on my mind. I think I'm batting well. I'm really happy to be batting well and I just want to keep doing that. Whatever has to happen will happen, I've said that before but I'm just really, really happy to be batting well.
"There are so many games that you are playing, so you have to stay in the present. We are playing this, then we are playing the quadrangular and we have a lot of games coming. So it's all about focusing on the present and on the things in hand rather than focus on other things," Agarwal added.
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