Mayank Agarwal says Dravid backing him made the difference in 2nd Test

Mayank Agarwal says Dravid backing him made the difference in 2nd Test

Man of the Match of the recently concluded 2nd Test at Mumbai, Team India opening batter Mayank Agarwal has revealed the advice head coach Rahul Dravid gave him ahead of the recently concluded Test series against New Zealand.

The 30-year-old was given a spot in a test after almost a year. He was a part of the squad that registered a 2-1 series win in Australia. But Agarwal missed out on the home and away series against England earlier this year.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul cemented the opening positions in the team following Agarwal’s poor form and a concussion in the nets ahead of the first Test in England.

After his return to the playing XI after ten months, Agarwal was asked by Dravid to channel his emotions and mental energy in the right direction. The coach also backed Agarwal to succeed with the technique he had, given no room to doubt whatsoever.

Manage your mental energy – Dravid’s key words to Agarwal before 2nd Test

In an interview by a leading media channel, Agarwal said, “See, the chat Dravid had with me before the series was that, ‘I know you have not got that many runs, but manage your emotions and your mental energy, you are going to be flooded with thoughts. Don’t dwell too much on it. That was the mental aspect of it.

As far as the technical or physical aspect, he told me that ‘this is the technique that has brought you a lot of runs, so stick to that, and the runs will come; back the things that have worked for you. Fortunately the very next Test, the runs came.” Agarwal scored his fourth Test hundred during the recently concluded home series against New Zealand.

Contributing to team’s win is a beautiful feeling – Agarwal

After closely missing out on a win in Kanpur, Team India fought back harder in Mumbai, registering their biggest-ever Test win (in terms of runs). Agarwal noted that contributing to the team’s win is something he always puts on the top of the list. He said, “I think this series (vs NZ) was very important. For me, the feeling of contributing to the team’s win is of the utmost importance. I’m glad that I could put in such a performance that helped the team win.”

The Karnataka batsman has been rewarded duly by the selectors, awarding him a spot on the South Africa tour beginning on the 27th of this month.

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

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