Double-centurion Mayank Agarwal's Big Pre-match Ritual Revealed: It's PUBG

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Test opener Mayank Agarwal while speaking to the media at the end of the second day of 1st innings revealed what he does in the evening prior to next day's play

Written By Jitesh Vachhatani | Mumbai | Updated On:

India's first Test against Bangladesh at the Holkar Stadium in Indore witnessed a 'Magical Mayank Show' as the Test opener brought up his second double century in Sehwag-like style with a magnificent six on the second day of the first innings. The right-handed batsmen while speaking to the media at the end of the second day revealed what he does in the evening prior to the next day's play. Agarwal said that he likes to play PUBG, which is a popular online multiplayer battle royale game played by many across the world. Agarwal also highlighted that it was pleasing to have a captain like Virat Kohli who always wants the best for you. 

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'Good to know that the captain is backing you' 

At the end of the second day's play of the first innings, when queried about what Mayank Agarwal likes to do before the next day's play and whether he likes to watch movies or any other recreational activity that he likes, Agarwal responded, "Mayank likes to play PUBG." The Karnataka-lad further praised Captain Kohli and said that it was very pleasing to have a captain like him around. "I did feel that I could have played more when I got out and that was not the right time to play that shot but I am very happy to know that the captain is backing you and he wants the best for you. Probably more than him he wants the best for you and there can be nothing better than this," he added. 

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Agarwal notched up 243 runs in just 330 balls laced with 24 fours and 8 sixes at a strike rate of 73.64 before he got out to Mehidy Hassan towards the end of the day. This is the second double-ton scored by the Karnataka-lad in second consecutive series with the first one coming against South Africa. Agarwal's 243 combined with Ajinkya and Jadeja's half-centuries put India in the dominating position after the team received some early blows which included Captain Virat Kohli getting out on a duck. 

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The 'Golden Opportunity' Missed

It was a tiring day for the Bangladesh bowlers as they were smashed to all corners of the ground by the Indian batsmen. Even though they got rid of skipper Virat Kohli for a duck, they failed to rediscover their rhythm as Mayank Agarwal took India to a commanding position. The visitors could have dismissed Agarwal on Day 1 itself if Imrul Kayes had not dropped him at slips when he was batting on 32. Eventually, it proved to be very expensive as the opening batsman made the most of his reprieve. He went on to score a 330-ball 243 which included 28 boundaries and eight maximums. His magnificent innings came to an end when he was caught by Abu Jayed off Mehidy Hasan. The day's play ended with India at 493 for six with a lead of 343 runs.

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