Mayank Agarwal

India
Age
February 16, 1991 (30 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Bangalore, Karnataka
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
India
Bowling Style
-

Be it school cricket, age-group cricket, domestic or international, Mayank Agarwal has the knack of scoring big runs. Born and brought up in the capital city of Karnataka, Bangalore, Agarwal was focused on cricket right from a very young age. He went to Bishop Cotton Boys’ School and then Jain College and scored plenty of runs at the school and college level.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

India, India A, India B, India Blue, Rest of India, South Zone, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals, India Under-19, Karnataka, Belagavi Panthers, Ballari Tuskers, Hubli Tigers, Rising Pune Supergiant, Shamanoor Davangere Diamonds, India C, Indians

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
5
5
0
86
32
17.2
83
103.61
0
0
12
1
T20I
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0
Test
11
17
0
722
215
42.47
1370
52.7
2
5
83
15
IPL
86
82
4
1799
106
23.06
1339
134.35
1
10
177
71

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
5
1
6
10
0
-
10
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
11
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
86
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Biography

However, it was in the 2008-09 Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy that the young lad from Bangalore attracted attention. Agarwal smashed 432 runs at an average of 54.00. He even scored a magnificent match-winning ton (a stunning 160) in the final against Australia Under-19s in Hobart. It was on the back of these big runs that Agarwal got a ticket to New Zealand as he was a part of the India Under-19 squad for the Under-19 World Cup in 2010.

In that tournament, the top-order batsman topped the batting charts for India. He amassed 167 runs in five innings and had a strike rate of 85.64. Later that year, Agarwal went on to headline the 2010 edition of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL). He made 297 runs at an average of 37.12 and a strike rate of 138.78. Not only was he the leading run-getter but he also won the Man of the Tournament award despite his team (Shamanoor Davangere Diamonds) crashing out of the tournament in the semifinals.

Soon after, he made his debut for Karnataka in the 2010 – 2011 Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament and made a half-century on debut. He scored 166 runs, averaging 41.50 and striking at nearly 140. After a stellar performance in 2010, Agarwal was handed an IPL contract ahead of the 2011 season. Things looked all rosy and it felt that there was no way back for the youngster.

It seemed like Agarwal was built for white-ball cricket and it was only in the shorter format that he played for Karnataka for three to four years. It was only late in 2013 that he made his first-class debut. In the 2013 – 2014 Ranji season, he made his debut against Jharkhand. He came onto the red-ball scene with a bang as he scored 90 on debut and had a decent first season, scoring 380 runs at an average of 34.54 which included three half-centuries.

However, the very next season, Agarwal was benched for more than half the season despite being the premier opening batsman for Karnataka. The team management were not happy with his fitness and his physique. Moreover, his performances were as inconsistent as his fitness. Be it the IPL or domestic cricket in India, Agarwal seemed to be a flash in the pan who scored once in a while. Thus, the Bangalore-born lad took his time to work on his fitness, lost quite a bit of weight and came back in very good shape. He even worked on his game and was even mentally stronger when he returned.

In the 2017 – 2018 domestic season, Agarwal plundered runs left, right and centre. Irrespective of the format, he scored runs. In the Ranji Trophy, he scored over 1000 runs in a month (November 2017) as he had scores of 304*, 176, 23, 90, 133*, 173 and 104*. He ended the Ranji season as the leading run-getter, amassing 1160 runs at an average of 105.45. He topped the batting charts in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, scoring 723 runs in eight innings. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali, he scored 258 runs at a strike rate of 144.94. Overall, Agarwal smashed 2162 runs in a single season, the most in an Indian domestic season. 

Since then, there has been no looking back. Although Agarwal didn’t have a great IPL season in 2018, he continued scoring runs for Karnataka and India ‘A’. He broke the selection door down with the sheer amount of runs he scored in domestic cricket. Hence, in late 2018, he was drafted into the Indian Test side to face the West Indies at home. However, Agarwal didn’t break into the XI. In Australia later that year, he got his opportunity. Prithvi Shaw was ruled out with a foot injury and Agarwal was called in as a replacement. In the Boxing Day Test at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), he made his debut.

Since then, he has become a vital part of the Indian Test team and is India’s first-choice opening batsman in the longest format. Agarwal even made his ODI debut earlier this year but has played just three games.

Test Career

It was back in the Boxing Day Test against Australia that Agarwal made his Test debut and like most of his domestic career, he started with a bang. He scored a fluent 76 to give India a great start to the game and followed it up with a top-scoring 42 in the second innings. In his second Test match, he backed up the good start with 77 against Australia.

Agarwal had a slight slump in the West Indies as he scored just 80 runs in four innings and could manage just one half-century. However, he had a phenomenal home season. He scored 340 runs against South Africa in three Test matches and 257 runs against Bangladesh in two Test matches. He smashed three hundreds, including two double tons. He toured New Zealand earlier this year and was the best Indian batsman in the Test series. He scored 102 runs, becoming India’s top scorer.

Overall, Agarwal has played 11 Test matches and has scored 974 runs at an average of 57.29. He registered four half-centuries and three hundreds. 

IPL Career

Agarwal hasn’t had a great time in the IPL. It was in 2011 that he made his IPL debut for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He had several roles with RCB in his first three seasons (2011 – 2013). Agarwal opened the batting at times alongside Chris Gayle but also batted in the middle order for the balance of the side. While there were flashes of brilliance, consistency was his major issue. He scored just 433 runs at an average of 18.83 for RCB across three seasons.

In 2014, the Karnataka lad moved to Delhi where he played 21 games across three seasons, scoring 355 runs. He largely batted at the top for them. In 2017, Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) bought him and he played just three games for the franchise. It looked like Agarwal’s IPL career was going downhill but a stellar 2017 – 2018 domestic season resurrected his career and he found a buyer in Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Agarwal’s slump in the IPL continued as he could aggregate just 120 runs in 11 games in 2018. However, he returned with a bang in 2019 which was by far his best performance in the IPL. He scored 332 runs at a strike rate of 141.88.

Overall, his IPL numbers read 1266 runs at an average of 18.35 and a strike rate of 128.14. 

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