Control what is in your hands - Dravid's advice to Mayank before 2nd Test

Control what is in your hands – Dravid’s advice to Mayank before 2nd Test

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 Failing to perform in the first test, he could had been replaced by Kohli.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.

“Yes that is something that I have thought of,” Agarwal said of the Kanpur dismissals, “But this innings was more about grit and determination, sticking to a plan, to have the mental discipline to be at that plan, and just be at it. I know there were times when I didn’t look good, but it didn’t make much of a difference as long as the job was getting done.
 
“I didn’t think of that [his front foot fault]. Mid-series you don’t want to be thinking about technique. That’s something that even Rahul bhai spoke to me about. He said don’t worry about your technique. Just rely on your game plans. That’s something I did. This innings was all about grit and determination, and nothing related to technique.”
It was a conscious decision to attack Ajaz – Mayank
Ajaz Patel was on a role at Wankhede. He send back Pujara and Kohli on ducks. His tight bowling troubled the batsmen on every delivery. That’s when Mayank decided to not Ajaz settle in his zone.
 
“Yes it was a conscious decision [to attack Ajaz],” Agarwal said. “It was a plan because I thought he bowled exceedingly well today. He kept bowling in a cluster and he kept putting pressure. Anything that was in our half, the plan was to be a little attacking. Anything that came little towards us in length, I was definitely looking to go. He is somebody who bowled really well, really consistent. He had that phase when he really tied us down, so if we had let him bowl the way he did he would have probably ended with more wickets.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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