Mayank Agarwal made his debut in the Indian national Test team making a mark with his 76 runs against Australia at MCG. Known for his flamboyant batting style, Agarwal has been a top performer in all the three formats in the Indian domestic cricket.
Hailing from Bangalore, Karnataka, the 27-year-old batsman is making strides in his career right now. Playing for the Indian U19 team till 2010 he made his IPL debut in 2011 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Moving on with his IPL career he also played for Delhi Capitals and Pune Supergiants and currently is included in Kings XI Punjab squad.
In IPL 2018, Agarwal had no good look with his poor performance overshadowing him. However, he soon compensated by scoring tons of runs playing for India A against England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Making his Test debut, Agarwal played for India against Australia in the Boxing Day Test replacing KL Rahul as an opener. He scored 76 runs in his debut inning making his mark and proving he has what it takes to perform in tough spots.
During the 2014-15, Agarwal had fitness issues that led to inconsistency in his game but he tackled the health issues by working extra hard off the pitch. He became leading run-scorer in Ranji Trophy 2017-18 with 1160 runs and a mammoth in Vijay Hazare trophy with 723 runs. Furthermore, during the 2017-18 season, he made a record by scoring the highest number of runs in an entire domestic season with 2141 runs across all the formats.
Playing a total of 78 innings, Mayank Agarwal has scored 3599 runs at an average of 50 with 8 centuries and 20 fifty-plus scores in first-class cricket. Playing against Maharashtra at MCA stadium in 2017 Ranji match, Agarwal smashed 304* runs which is his highest first-class score.
Agarwal has already created a stir with his performance in the domestic cricket which brought him under the radar of the selectors.
Now given the opportunity at Melbourne, Mayank Agarwal has the opportunity to take his performance to international level. However, it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to international cricket.