Mayank Agarwal speaks on debut home series against South Africa and his journey in Test cricket

Agarwal made his debut in Australia last year and went onto play series in West Indies last month.
Mayank Agarwal speaks on debut home series against South Africa and his journey in Test cricketMayank Agarwal is now eyeing to do well in series against South Africa which will be his first home series. (Photo: Twitter)
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Mayank Agarwal has made the openers spot in test team following his impressive performance with the bat. For a cricketer who was wondering whether he will ever get a chance to don the Team India jersey to making an impressive debut during away series in Australia in December 2018, Agarwal has come a long way. 

After having a mixed series with the bat against West Indies, the Karnataka player is now eyeing the series against South Africa which will be his first home series. The first Test of the three-match series against the Proteas will start on October 2 in Visakhapatnam and the right-hander is keen to score big runs against the tourist.

Speaking to The Times of India Agarwal said “Playing at home is always special and I’m looking forward to the series. There was a lot I learnt in Australia, there was even more learning in the West Indies. I’m working on what I’ve learnt and I’m eager to go out and put those lessons to use against South Africa and have a good series at home,” .

“It was a learning curve about personal expectations, different conditions and situations we came across. We played with the Dukes ball, the conditions were hot and it was a great experience to face Kemar Roach, who bowled really well in the series.” he added

India are currently leading the World Test Championships rankings with 120 points and Agarwal feels that confidence and intensity as key behind their success.

“As a unit, the Indian team is playing at a very intense level. It is really amazing to see the intensity with which we play,” he said. We are going out there not only to win matches but win situations, win each session. We understand that individual performances can go through highs and lows, but it is important to keep up the intensity with which we are playing. Also, we are a very confident unit. We believe in ourselves and are backing ourselves to play the best cricket we can.”

The 28-year-old opener also spoke about the short career in Test cricket so far. “It has been an amazing journey. A lot of fun and different experiences. I’m getting a taste of what international cricket is all about,” Agarwal said.

“From having a good start to my international career in Australia to facing West Indies in their backyard, totally different from what I expected or thought. I have come to understand international cricket is baptism by fire. There are times when things go your way, then there are other times when the going gets tough. That’s international cricket and overcoming those obstacles and coming into your own I think is the challenge.”

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