15 November 2019 10:32
Mayank Agarwal bats during the 2nd day of 1st Test between India and Bangladesh in Indore. (AP Photo) After making his Test debut just last year and playing only in the 8th Test match of his international career, Mayank Agarwal smashed his 3rd hundred in the longest format of the game as his continued his dream run in the format. The Karnataka batsman's rich form helped India wrest control over the ongoing 1st Test against Bangladesh in Indore, Friday. Mayank got to his hundred with an easy flick off Ebadat Hossain to collect 2 runs. His innings was laced with 15 boundaries and a solitary six.
Bangladesh had their chances to remove Mayank early, but the India opener made his own luck to add another hundred to his short international career. Mayank could have been caught at slip for 32 but Imrul Kayes dropped a sitter on Day 1. The 28-year-old was also given an LBW out but India took a successful DRS review as India went into Lunch with Mayank still alive at 91. What a moment this for @mayankcricket. The celebration says it all pic.twitter.com/ucc7YycAeM — BCCI (@BCCI) November 15, 2019 Returning after Lunch, Mayank batted patiently to get to the 100-run mark after 5 overs into the second session. His 3rd Test ton in Indore also meant Mayank has now scored 715 runs (while batting on 100) in 12 innings at a 60-plus average with six 50-plus scores. Since Mayank's Test debut, only Steve Smith (774 runs) has scored more runs than him. Mayank also became the joint fourth Indian batsman to fewest innings to third Test hundred as an opener. Fewest inns to reach 3 Test 100s as opener 4 - Rohit Sharma 7 - Sunil Gavaskar 9 - KL Rahul 12 - Vijay Merchant/Mayank Agarwal#IndvBan #IndvsBan November 15, 2019 Mayank Agarwal, who has a rich first-class career with 7536 runs in 97 innings, has been consistent with the bat in the current season. He had a hundred and a double hundred during the home Test against South Africa. Resuming the innings on Day, India added 102 runs to their overnight score and in the process lost two early wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara (54) and skipper Virat Kohli (duck) in the first session. While Mayank scored a hundred, Rahane became the 16th Indian to reach the milestone of 4,000 Test runs.