Mayank Agarwal made his international debut in the Boxing Day test against Australia in 2018. Fast forward two years and Agarwal has become an important part of the Indian team, at least in its longest format. The opener had made an impression on debuting in front of a packed Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) crowd, scoring 72 and 42 in the two innings. In less than 24 hours, Agarwal returns to the same venue when India takes on Australia in the second test of the four-game series. The MCG has a special place in the heart of Agarwal, and the opening batsman took to Twitter to share his feelings with fans.
“12/26/2018: For a child who always dreamed of representing his country, I had a lot of emotions in my head after receiving the test cap. The memory of walking to go to the MCG has not sunk still in. A memory I will treasure forever! ”Agarwal wrote on the microblogging site.
12/26/2018: For a child who always dreamed of representing his country, I had a lot of emotions running through my mind after receiving the test cap.
The memory of running away to flip at the MCG hasn’t settled yet. A memory I will cherish forever! pic.twitter.com/5H5OXaMbRz
– Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) December 25, 2020
Agarwal’s international debut coincided with India’s first-ever Boxing Day victory over Australia in 2018.
After two quiet forays into the opening test in Adelaide, Agarwal hoped to draw confidence from his debut match at the iconic venue and give the visitors a solid start.
Since his Test debut, Agarwal has hit with several opening partners and the same trend will continue as Prithvi Shaw, his partner in the last game dropped from the starting XI. He will most likely open the innings with Shubman Gill, who is about to make his debut in red-ball cricket.
Since making his debut two years ago, Agarwal has played 12 test matches, scoring exactly 1,000 runs at an average of 52.63, with the help of three centuries (including a double hundred) and four fifties.
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