Prime Sports, National (Bengaluru), January 10:- Overwhelmed by his comparison with Virender Sehwag following his ‘dream debut’ in Australia, Mayank Agarwal has said that he would be happy if he could do even half of what the former India opener had achieved in his illustrious career.
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar and his personal coach Irfan Sait are among those who feel that “there is a little bit of Sehwag” in Agarwal, who drew the flattering comparison for his aggressive style of play.
Drafted into the squad in the middle of a well-poised four-match Test series, the 27-year-old rose to the occasion with a 77, 76 and 42 in Melbourne and Sydney, playing a crucial hand in India’s maiden Test series triumph Down Under.
“Honestly, I am not a fan of comparisons but he is one of the greats of Indian cricket. I just like to go in the middle, give my best and see what comes out of it. Having said that, if I could do even half of what he (Sehwag) did, I will be happy.” the Karnataka batsman told PTI after returning home.
He did not have a sponsor’s logo on his bat throughout his three innings in Australia but after his exploits, hopes to get one soon.
Agarwal had replaced the injured Prithvi Shaw in the squad and with KL Rahul and Murali Vijay dropped from the side after failing in the opening two Tests, facing the likes of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc was as tough a challenge as he could face in his debut innings on Boxing Day.
“Definitely, it was (special), to make my debut at the MCG and most importantly, to win the Test series in Australia. We became the first team from the sub-continent to win a series in Australia. There can’t be a better start than this,” said Agarwal, who finally got his opportunity after being on the fringes for a long time. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).