Mayank Agarwal: ‘I did whatever a player is required to do’

Mayank Agarwal, who became the highest-run scorer among Indians on debut in Australia with a fine 76 in the Boxing Day Test, credits Ranji Trophy for success.

Mayank Agarwal walks back to the pavilion after being dismissed for 76 runs in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne on Wednesday.   -  AFP

Mayank Agarwal, who had a handsome start to his international career with a fine 76 against Australia on day one of the third Test in Melbourne, owes his success to the process he followed to shape his cricketing journey.

“I did whatever a player is required to do – score runs in the Ranji Trophy, and then, get a chance (national call-up). I am lucky I had my Test debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground,” he said at the press conference at the end of day’s play.

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The right-hander’s innings was laced with eight fours and a six on a wicket that looked a bit docile. “I won’t complain about the pitch. It was good to bat on. It was a bit slow early on,” said Mayank, adding, “I didn’t put much mind and thought into the wicket. I thought I would take it as it comes.”

Over the last two years, Mayank has scored across formats. “You just go to stick to what you have been doing. I am happy I got runs in T20Is, ODIs and now, Tests.”