Mayank Agarwal six: The Indian batsman seems to have found his lost touch after getting dropped for the last Test match.
During the third day of the second Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Brisbane, India batsman Mayank Agarwal gave substantial hints of finding his lost touch after coming in to bat at No. 5.
Agarwal, who was dropped for the third Test in Sydney after four low scores in the series, was included to bat in the middle-order as injured batsman Hanuma Vihari’s replacement.
With his chance to bat coming in the 39th over, not facing the new ball also seems to have worked in Agarwal’s favour at the Gabba today. While the 29-year old batsman’s knock was comprised of three fours and a six, it was the six which remained the highlight.
It all happened on the second delivery of the 58th over when a confident Agarwal stepped down the track against Australia spinner Nathan Lyon only to hit a gigantic 102-metre six.
Having played exceedingly well in the first session, Agarwal sort of threw his wicket away on the second ball after lunch. Wanting to force a Josh Hazlewood delivery on the up, Agarwal ended up edging the ball to Steven Smith, who completed the catch in the second attempt.
Agarwal, who scored 38 (75), playing a rash shot to get dismissed has undoubtedly worked against the visitors. With all the senior batsmen already back in the dressing room, Agarwal was expected to put a larger price to his wicket.
Mayank Agarwal six
A 102-metre six from Mayank Agarwal!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 17, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 17, 2021
Vagaries of Test cricket. Breaks can be natural wicket-takers. More so for someone who isn’t in the best mind-space. And that’s loose from Mayank. All the good work down the drain. #AusvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 17, 2021
C’mon Mayank, having batted so well before the break, flashing at wide delivery just second ball after lunch? How uncharacteristic
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 17, 2021
Was so important, India went through this session losing no more than one wicket. Losing Mayank is a big blow because it exposes a newcomer and the tail.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 17, 2021
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