Agarwal continues to stack up runs

Agarwal continues to stack up runs

The Mayank Agarwal juggernaut continues to roll. The attacking batsman’s impeccable form has produced some staggering numbers in the past one year or so. 

He shattered a couple of domestic records last season and his brilliant start to the fresh season has helped the Karnataka batsman reach a milestone. Agarwal, with 1376 runs from 19 games, is the highest Indian run-getter in one-day cricket since November 1, 2017. He is only second in the world, behind Shan Masood of Pakistan who has 1528 runs from 22 matches. 

It takes a strong mind to focus on the game amid immense attention on you. Despite loud calls for his inclusion in the senior national team, Agarwal, who was ignored for the remaining two Tests against England, maintains that he is very clear in his head and happy being consistent.

“Whatever I say regarding this topic could be taken in a wrong way and I would rather not comment. I have stressed it in the past that getting selected is not in my control. It’s important to keep doing things that work for you,” Mayank told DH on Sunday. 

The 27-year-old said that he doesn’t fear that law of averages would catch up with him. “I know video analysts and bowlers would have discussed and made plans to get me out early. That’s their job. I am trying to get adjusted to different teams and situations. It doesn’t scare me that teams look at me as their most important wicket. If I let that bother me, I won’t be able to execute my plans,” explained Agarwal, who has so far scored four List A centuries this season.

Agarwal steered India ‘B’ to the final of the ongoing Quadrangular series in Alur and it seems he can do no wrong at the moment.

“That’s what it looks like from outside. But my coaches still find areas for me to improve on and that keeps me going. I am not taking anything for granted,” he said.

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