Focussed on performing not India call-up, says Mayank Agarwal

Mayank has been in magnificent form for a long period of time and scored 220 against South Africa A last week.

Mayank Agarwal (AFP)

Having scored a magnificent double-hundred against South Africa A in Bangalore, Mayank Agarwal has said that he is very happy and feels delighted to start off a new season on a very good note. Mayank has also reiterated that he is more focussed on performing than thinking about the national selection. 

There have been sections who have considered Mayank as a candidate for selection but the youngster isn't too perturbed about it. He just wants to keep scoring runs and strengthen his case. 

Mayank talked about his brilliant performance and his overall game to the reporters in Bangalore and said, “Even though I am a little disappointed that I could not add to the runs on Monday(Having scored 220* on Sunday) morning, the fact that we are doing well as an India A side is more important,” 

Mayank also praised the India A fast-bowling line-up of Rajneesh Gurbani, Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj for their efforts in the first innings getting South Africa A all-out cheaply. 

He said, "Siraj has been good with the ball. In fact, we believe in bowling as a unit. Navdeep Saini and Rajneesh Gurbani also bowled really well," 

Agarwal, who has been doing a magnificent job at the domestic level for Karnataka, is yet to make his International debut but he isn't someone to feel disturbed about it. 

“Earning a call-up or being pre-occupied with that thought is just not possible. We have a lot of games to play and it is important to focus on what’s happening in the present. When it has to happen, the India call-up will surely come by.”

Mayank has been doing well for the A-side for a while, he went to England recently and came back with a lot of runs and experience under the guidance of Rahul Dravid. Mayank talked about Dravid's influence on his game and said, “It definitely was not the usual English summer, but we learnt a lot and it was a great much-needed experience for us. A lot of the team had never played in England, and like Rahul Dravid said these tours will help us improve our cricket,” 

(Inputs from Cricket Next)


By Kashish Chadha - 07 Aug, 2018

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