Indian opening batsman Mayank Agarwal wants to score his maiden Test century in the upcoming Test series in West Indies.
The right-handed opening batsman Mayank Agarwal waited for a long time to earn the international call-up. For a long time, Agarwal performed consistently in domestic cricket and for India A.
Agarwal earned his maiden international call-up during the home Test series against Windies in last October. However, he wasn’t selected for the playing XI during that two-match Test series.
When India played the four-match Test series against the hosts Australia in last December-January, Agarwal earned a lucky call-up as he replaced the injured Prithvi Shaw. During the Boxing Day Test match at Melbourne, Agarwal made his Test debut. He impressed many experts and fans and scored 76 and 42 runs in that Test match.
He also played the next Test at Sydney which was also the final Test of that series. Once again, Agarwal played impressive cricket and scored 77 runs.
The right-handed batsman has scored 195 runs in three Test innings with an average of 65.00.
Now, Agarwal is in the Test squad for the upcoming Test series in West Indies. After the limited-overs series, India will play the two-match Test series in this tour from 22nd August.
Whatever I learnt in Australia, I will apply in the Test series against the West Indies – Mayank Agarwal
Agarwal has recently claimed that he has got enough time to prepare for this series as he feels that it is a big opportunity for him. He admitted that he learnt a lot during the Australia tour. Now, the 28-year-old is ready to apply those in the forthcoming Test series on the Caribbean soil.
Agarwal told ToI, “I have got enough time to prepare for the series. This is a big opportunity for me. I have never played in the West Indies. I look forward to a good one. If given a chance, I will give my best.
“Whatever I learnt in Australia, I will apply in the Test series against the West Indies.
“Honestly, there was a lot to learn from (the) Australia (tour). It was a big opportunity for me. I wanted to perform and thankfully I did. I am happy that I scored well.”
Mayank Agarwal has played 50 first-class matches where he has scored 3,964 runs with an average of 50.17. He has already smashed eight centuries and 23 half-centuries in the first-class career. His highest first-class knock is 304*.
Agarwal now wants to finish his wait for his maiden Test century in this West Indies tour.
He added, “I scored 70s in both the Tests (Melbourne and Sydney) and I would like to convert those 70s into 100s in the West Indies.”
Both India and Windies will begin their 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship journey through this Test series.