Irfan Sait, Mayank Agarwal's coach back home from Karnataka, is expecting an aggressive and matchwinning knock from his ward when the right-hander comes out to bat on debut at the highest level during the iconic Boxing Day Test against Australia starting Wednesday, December 26.
While he doesn't bat as astoundingly, Sait wants Mayank to turn up and bat like former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag did, despite some of the carelessness that could possibly creep in with it.
"I am expecting an aggressive Sehwag-like innings tomorrow in Melbourne Test. I wouldn’t like to make any comparisons," Sait told PTI, "But Sehwag (many a times) appeared laidback and casual in his approach. Mayank never looked casual. He is intense and a very serious player."
Having been magnificent at the domestic as well as the "A" level, Mayank has finally got his opportunity at the highest level.
"His approach is not of deflecting and pushing at balls. He is positive. We will not see him bog down. I am expecting him to continue his good form and adopting aggressive tactics while batting," Sait further said, "Mayank has all the qualities of an opening batsman, who loves ball coming on to the bat, besides being good at cut and pull shots."
Mayank amassed 1003 runs at an outstanding average of 76.46, including a triple-hundred and three centuries along with four fifties during last year’s edition of the Ranji Trophy as Sait has been restored his faith in destiny.
"All these years, luck was not on Mayank’s side except in Hobart where he made a magnificent 161 against U-19 Australian team. Actually, he was out first ball, but he was not given out, because the bails did not fall off the stumps," he signed off.