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Is Mayank Agarwal the next big thing in Test Cricket?

Technically-sound and with composure, Mayank Agarwal is the perfect pick

Mayank Agarwal got his maiden call for Indian team last year when Indian batsmen were struggling against Australia’s off-spinner Nathan Lyon. He arrived in Australia’s Melbourne and dominated Australia’s great in his first innings. A fluent 76 against the threat of Lyon set an example for other players on how to play against Lyon. He took Lyon for cleaners by stepping out of the crease at a time when other players from his team were struggling to stand against him.

Mayank Agarwal arrived in World Cricket with a Bang

This was the time when World new, this guy will not only be limited to scoring big runs only in domestic cricket. People knew that Mayank Agarwal has come into the team to stay and play for a long time. His consistent performance in domestic cricket season after season earned him the Indian cap after a series of disappointing performances by Murali Vijay.

Mayank hasn’t disappointed Indian cricket fans since he has been given an opportunity in the longest form of cricket. The Karnataka-based right-handed batsman has scored 858 runs in 8 Tests and 12 innings with a staggering average of 71.50. He has already scored 2 double centuries so far. He is the only second player after Vinod Kambli to score two double-centuries in 12 innings or less.

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Rohit Shama will be a good guide for Mayank Agarwal

Technically-sound and with composure, he seems like the next big thing for India in Test Cricket. He has come in the team at a time when Rohit Sharma has just started his opening-career. With batsman like Rohit Sharma at the other end will get all the advice, he needs at this early stage. Not just the advice he will also have an ample amount of time to get in and understand the pitch and conditions.

The right-handed batsman has the ability to score runs on all parts of the ground. He can play a cut, cover drive, loft and sweep very effectively. The 28-year-old doesn’t shy away from hitting sixes which makes him a dangerous combination of talent and power. In only 12 innings, he has already hit 21 sixes. This is what makes him a threat to Shikhar Dhawan in limited-overs cricket. However, Subhuman Gill and Prithvi Shaw are already in the queue.

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