Bengaluru: Lobbying in Indian cricket is nothing new if you’re an ardent fan. There is history to prove and dates back to decades.
In the past, quite a few talents from Karnataka has faced it.
And now, it’s Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal who has made the infamous list.
The ongoing tour of England witnessed Virat Kohli claw back with a convincing win. For the remainder of the Test series, experienced Murali Vijay has been replaced by Mumbai’s 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw. The young Shaw has seven centuries from 14 first-class games at an average of 56.72. But Mayank, who has amassed a barrage of runs at the India ‘A’ level, still wasn’t given a slot in the Test squad. Mayank’s effort was more enough to earn a place for the fourth and fifth Test.
Record-breaking run machine
In the previous domestic season, Mayank hammered eight tons in 25 matches scoring a total of 2141 runs. The feat broke all domestic records especially Shreyas Iyer’s (1947 runs) 2015-16 season.
Meanwhile, Mayank showed his batting prowess in the Ranji Trophy – piling up 1160 runs that included five centuries from eight matches and 723 runs (3 centuries) in eight matches. At the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament, Mayank scored 258 runs in 9 games.
Donning India ‘A’colours
Not just proving his mettle for Karnataka, Mayank is in sublime for India ‘A’. In the last 10 games, Mayank has scored four centuries including a double hundred (220) with a total tally of 759 runs. In India ‘A’ tour of England recently, he made three centuries (151 n.o, 112, 112) while against South Africa ‘A’ at his home ground M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, he came up with another double ton.
Over the last two years playing for India ‘A’, Mayank accounts 12 centuries and 2900 runs and definitely deserves a place in the senior team. So, how many runs does Mayank needs to score to get noticed by the national selectors?