Mumbai Test: I imposed myself on Mayank Agarwal - Sunil Gavaskar on the advice he gave to India opener

Mumbai Test: I imposed myself on Mayank Agarwal - Sunil Gavaskar on the advice he gave to India opener

Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar revealed that he gave Mayank Agarwal some batting tips before the Mumbai Test to help the opener overcome his flaws before he went on to score a century on Day 1 against New Zealand on Friday.

India rode on Mayank Agarwal’s 120 not out to reach 221 for 4 at stumps after electing to bat first at the Wankhede Stadium.

Mayank, who came into the playing XI after KL Rahul’s injury ruled him out of the series, scored just 13 and 17 runs in the first Test but roared back to form in the second and hit his fourth hundred in the format to rescue the team from troubled waters.

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And it was none other than Sunil Gavaskar, who went up to the 30-year-old and told him to “try something” before the second and final Test.

“Let me clarify. He didn’t seek my council, I imposed myself on him. Look, I care for Indian cricket. He was walking past and he was staying in the same hotel so I told him maybe you should try something.

“I don’t know whether he is trying it. It looks like he is. But look, at the end of the day, it’s about how strong you are mentally and he has shown he is very strong mentally,” Gavaskar revealed during his commentary stint.

The former India skipper praised Mayank for the “brilliantly executed shots” he played during his 246-ball unbeaten knock.

“The discipline he has shown at the beginning of a five-day game – not everybody can be a Virender Sehwag, who can get away to a flying start but at the start of the innings, the discipline around the off-stump is so important.

“Not looking to play across the line and then get out LBW to an incoming delivery. So that is what he has shown. He played straight and later on when the spinners came in, he took calculated risks going inside out. Brilliantly executed shots,” said Gavaskar.

Mayank stitched two 80-run partnerships with Shubman Gill (44) and Shreyas Iyer (18) before adding 61 runs with Wriddhiman Saha (25 not out) till the close of play to rescue India, after they lost 3 wickets on the score of 80 in the second session.

Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel, whose parents immigrated to New Zealand in 1996, picked up all four wickets on a track aiding the spinners to finish with figures of four for 73.

Also Read | India vs New Zealand: Mayank Agarwal ends 2-year wait for Test hundred Also Read | To remain unbeaten after playing 250 balls in a day is great: Gill on Mayank’s hundred

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