Mayank Agarwal had a debut to remember. India’s latest Test player had to grind out long in domestic cricket before earning his maiden Test call-up and make his debut. Agarwal broke into the Indian team after a sensational 2017-18 domestic season. He amassed 1160 runs in 13 innings of the Ranji Trophy. In November 2017, he scored his maiden triple century in first-class cricket.
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He followed it up by amassing 723 runs in 8 matches at a staggering average of 90.37 in the 2017-18 season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He thus became the highest run-getter in one season of the tournament. The record for the most runs in a List-A tournament was previously held by Sachin Tendulkar who scored 673 runs in the 2003 ICC World Cup.
The right-hander finally made his debut in the ongoing game against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. And the right-handed batsman made the most of the opportunity. In the first innings, he scored an impressive 76. In the second, he top-scored for the visitors, scoring 42 in an innings that saw India suffering an inexplicable collapse. He had also pulled off some impressive catches in the game.
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But on the fourth day, Agarwal suffered a nasty blow to his neck. The incident occurred in the 16th over of Australia’s second innings bowled by Ravindra Jadeja.
The left-arm spinner had bowled one to Usman Khawaja at length. The Australia batsman soon got down on his knees and sept the ball fiercely. But the ball went on to hit Agarwal on his neck at short leg. He was soon surrounded by his worried teammates. Physio Patrick Farhart also came out immediately to examine Agarwal. Agarwal soon left the field as KL Rahul replaced him.
Here is a clip of the incident:
Mayank Agarwal is making his way from the field after this nasty blow fielding in close.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 29, 2018