Virat Kohli Opines The Reason Behind Handing Test Debut To Mayank Agarwal

Virat Kohli Opens Up On The Reason Behind Handing Test Debut To Mayank Agarwal

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Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Before making the debut in International cricket in 2018, Mayank Agarwal played under the captaincy of Virat Kohli for Royal Challengers Bangalore where the latter judged the former’s character towards the game.

Mayank Agarwal was eagerly waiting for his debut in international cricket but the rise of Prithvi Shaw had lessened his chances. Fortunately, he got the chance to play his maiden Test after Shaw got injured ahead of the Test series in Australia in 2018. He went on to score two half-centuries in his first Test series and thereon, became a mainstay in the Test team as an opener.

How Virat Kohli found potential in Mayank Agarwal:

Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli
Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli. BCCI Twitter

In a video posted on the official website of BCCI, Virat Kohli told Mayank Agarwal that the Karnataka opener’s character stood out more for him than the number of runs he had scored in the domestic circuit.

“I had seen you play for RCB, even then you played international bowlers with conviction and you would take them on. You were performing in first-class matches in a dominating way. That is something always stood out with you, I would say your character stood out for me than the number of runs. I knew you would be fearless without having any baggage,” Kohil said.

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal. Credits: BCCI Twitter.

So far, Mayank Agarwal has scored 974 runs in 11 Test matches at a prolific average of 57.29. He has also registered three centuries, which also includes two double tons, and four half-centuries. The Karnataka Player was the leading scorer in Test cricket in 2019. In the last Test tour in New Zealand, he had failed to live up to the expectations though he was the highest scorer for the team. Eventually, India had lost the series by 0-2.

The Kings XI Punjab player is expected to be seen in action in the Indian Premier League 2020 in UAE.

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