There were high chances of Mayank not playing this test. Even the series. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are the first choice openers in Tests. With Rohit being rested and KL Rahul injured, it opened a slot for Mayank at the top. Failing to perform in the first test, he could had been replaced by Kohli. Luckily for Mayank, Rahane’s injury made sure that he did not lose his spot. And on the first day in Wankhede, he grabbed the opportunity to prove that he is a player of class.
Rahul Dravid’s magical advice to Mayank before 2nd Test
Having not scored much in the first test, Mayank was under pressure. And pressure makes you overdo things. Overthink the process. Coach Rahul Dravid helped Mayank out of it. “When I was picked here, Rahul bhai came and spoke to me,” Agarwal said. “He told me, ‘Listen just control what is in your hands. You have this opportunity, go out there, give your best, and that’s all we ask of you. And when you get set, make it big.’ I am happy. I am happy that when I got set, I could capitalise. But yeah that was very clear from Rahul bhai.”
This century was all about grit and determination, not technique – Mayank
The way Agarwal batted on a difficult pitch and in a difficult situation has shown why it is not a wise decision to drop this free-scoring dominating batter against spin. As it stats read at the end of the first day of this Test, Agarwal averages 116.4 against spin and scores those runs at 4.04 an over. In spin-friendly conditions, so far he has faced South Africa, Bangladesh and now New Zealand.