Mayank Agarwal has plundered runs in the last year or so. After finishing as the top run-scorer in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy, he has carried that form on the A tours as well, his latest feat being a smashing 220 against South Africa A in the ongoing four-day match in Bengaluru. But in between all that success, Agarwal had one blip as well.
Playing for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2018, the 27-year-old managed just 120 runs from 11 innings. It was a rather forgettable tournament for him. However, the way he has put that behind him has been very impressive.
Looking back at the season gone by, Agarwal was quite happy with what he had achieved. He termed the IPL failure a one-off and didn’t want to be too hard on himself for it.
“I just felt that it was just a one-off tournament where I didn’t get runs and I’m quite happy with the way the year has gone by,” Agarwal said on Monday (August 6). “As a batsman, I feel that ‘Yes, it’s a big tournament. It is something big for every player. If I have to see the year on an average, then I have done well in four tournaments out of five. I will happily take that. It’s all about looking at the year as a whole and not just one tournament. Yes, you try learn from every tournament, try and learn from every experience, try and become a better player. That’s what I look to do. But I can’t be too critical of myself.”
His quest to become a better player has been aided by the opportunity to tour other countries with the A squad, something that Agarwal is grateful for. He weighed in on his first-time experience in England, where he scored three List A hundreds.
“It was not the usual English summer, it was quite hot. But you know the ball did move a bit and for a lot of us, it was the first time playing in England and first time playing against the Dukes ball. It did move a bit and it was a great experience for us and a great learning. As Rahul bhai has always said, it’s all about getting new experiences, countering these conditions and learning from them. So I thought it was a great learning experience.”
Considering the sheer weight of the runs that he has scored, Agarwal is someone who could be a possible contender for a place in the national team down the line. But, for now, he doesn’t want to burden himself with what the future holds.
“To be really honest, that’s not something on my mind. I think I’m batting well. I’m really happy to be batting well and I just want to keep doing that. Whatever has to happen will happen, I’ve said that before but I’m just really, really happy to be batting well.
“There are so many games that you are playing, so you have to stay in the present. We are playing this, then we are playing the quadrangular and we have a lot of games coming. So it’s all about focusing on the present and on the things in hand rather than focus on other things,” Agarwal added.
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