India vs Australia: Disappointed I threw my wicket away, says Mayank Agarwal

first_imgMayank Agarwak has made a sensational start to his Test career. He scored 76 on debut in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test before belting 42 in the second as India sealed a historic victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.On Thursday, Agarwal made a fluent 77 after India elected to bat in the New Year’s Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. His 116-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara paved the way for India’s dominant opening day.However, while Pujara went on to score his 18th hundred and third of the series, Agarwal came down the track in an attempt to dominate Lyon and got well within sight of his maiden hundred in only his second Test.Back home, Agarwal’s coach Irfan Sait said he was heartbroken after his ward missed out on a hundred and hoped he would learn not play rash shots in the future. “Once again making an ambitious attempt to repeat a six! I hope he learns from this and eschew such shots in the innings to follow. Nevertheless, I enjoyed watching every single ball he played.”Agarwal was gutted too. Speaking to the media after day’s play, he explained he wanted to dominate Nathan Lyon, who has been Australia’s best bowler with 18 wickets so far in the series.”I am disappointed for not getting a big score. Just really disappointed I threw my wicket. Having said that, it’s a learning curve and if I don’t repeat my mistakes, it will be a good learning.”I was looking to dominate Lyon but it did not work out,” Agarwal said.advertisement These are early days in Test cricket for Mayank Agarwal and he is keen to learn. He does not need look any further than Cheteshwar Pujara, who has been in sublime form.”It is great to watch him bat from the other end – the way he grinds the bowlers. He has got a pattern to it and waits for the bad balls to come. With his experience, he tells me what the bowlers are trying to do – we keep communicating a lot and that helps,” he said.After laying a solid foundation for India, Agarwal said he and Pujara had planned to not give Australia any wickets even if the runs did not come quickly. Overseas, Indian batsmen have been guilty of not sticking to their plans – consequently, they lost close Test matches and subsequently the series in South Africa and England.”They were bowling really well and we decided to play close to the body. We did not want to give them wickets even if were not getting too many runs too quick,” Agarwal said.Also Read | Mayank Agarwal scores career-best 77, his 2nd fifty in as many TestAlso Watch | Virat Kohli juggles ball while waiting for Australia after tea, umpire says noAlso Read | KL Rahul hits the nets at SCG moments after getting out cheaplylast_img

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