Robin Uthappa Reveals Who Motivated Mayank Agarwal During His Struggling Period
Before getting the call-up in the national team, Mayank Agarwal dominated the domestic cricket for a good time. But before that, he faced a struggling period in domestic cricket. Even he was very close to face exclusion from his domestic side Karnataka but then captain R Vinay Kumar strongly backed him and motivated to return to his form. Recently, his domestic teammate and 59 international matches experienced player Robin Uthappa revealed this story.
In November 2017, Mayank Agarwal scored 304* in the Ranji Trophy game against Maharashtra. Robin Uthappa recently revealed the earlier story of Mayank Agarwal when the 41-match-experienced international player Vinay Kumar motivated the struggling batsman to return to his form.
According to India.com, Uthappa said, “I remember we contemplated dropping him from a Ranji game but when (captain) R Vinay Kumar gave him a push (motivational words), he scored a triple hundred and did not look back from there.”
In Ranji Trophy 2016/17, Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal scored only 284 runs in 13 innings (7 matches) with an average of 23.66. But in the very next Ranji Trophy season, Mayank finished as the leading run-scorer in that tournament. He scored 1,160 runs in 13 innings (8 matches) of Ranji Trophy 2017/18 with an incredible average of 105.45. While the right-handed batsman scored only three half-centuries in 2016/17 Ranji Trophy, he hit five centuries and two more half-centuries in the next Ranji Trophy season.
Mayank Agarwal will only get better with more opportunities – Robin Uthappa
In the ongoing Visakhapatnam Test against South Africa, Mayank registered his maiden three-figure score in Test career. The opening batsman scored 215 runs that led the Indian team to manage a big first-innings total of 502/7.
Talking about this incredible knock, Uthappa said, “He was eventually dislodged on 215 with the hosts declaring their first innings on 502/7. He will only get better with more opportunities. This will give him a lot of confidence.”
Rohit Sharma is arguably one of the best batsmen in the world – Robin Uthappa
Indian openers Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma provided a great start in the first innings of the ongoing Visakhapatnam Test. They put a remarkable 317-run partnership for the first wicket and it guided the national team to the big total. Before Mayank’s outstanding double-century, Rohit dominated the Proteas bowlers. Coming to bat as a Test opener for the first time, Rohit scored 176 runs off 244 balls.
Robin Uthappa hasn’t felt any surprise on Rohit Sharma’s success as an opener.
Uthappa said, “He (Rohit) has always done well in India and abroad. In white-ball cricket, he dominates the scene right now. He is arguably one of the best batsman in the world. He has reached a point in his career where he understands his batting really well and knows what works for him. Given that situation, he must be going through a huge surge in confidence. I think he has figured out opening the batting and this opportunity came at the right moment for Rohit to capitalise on it. So it’s not a surprise that he is successful.”
Robin Uthappa was one of the members in the Indian squad during their victory in ICC World T20 2007. He has played 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is from 2006 to 2015.
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