Mayank Agarwal has been in a rich vein of form lately as the right-handed batsman smashed back-to-back hundreds against the visiting South African team. His 215 at the top of the order in Vishakhapatnam propelled Team India to 502-7d in their first innings. It was also his maiden century in Tests and he became one of the few international batsmen to convert his first 100 into a double. Due to Agarwal’s efforts as an opener, India won the opening match by 203 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series.
If his double-ton was not enough, Agarwal backed up his performance with another hundred in the ongoing second game of the series. Opening with Rohit Sharma, the Karnataka-based batsman batted from where he left-off in Vishakhapatnam. The batsman formed a crucial 138-run second-wicket partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara and brought up his second century of the series in as many matches. He was eventually dismissed by Rabada after scoring 108 runs off 195 balls, however, he made sure that Team India were all set for another huge first inning total against the Proteas.
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At stumps on Day 1, Pujara caught up with Agarwal for a candid conversation. In a fun segment, the two talked about breakfast routines and transitions from domestic to international cricket. After witnessing two herculean Agarwal innings, Pujara asked Mayank what he had been eating for the past few days. To which Mayank replied, "Simple, South Indian idlis - 2 of them with some coconut chutney and sambhar".
The two batsmen continued to talk further and when asked about his batting approach, Agarwal emphasised on his mental discipline. He also said that he had been meditating and doing long-distance running to keep the focus on his game.
After Mayank’s brilliant 108 at the top of the order, Team India declared at 601-5 on Day 2. After smashing two centuries in the series, the right-handed batsmen will be looking to take his form through the remainder of India’s home season.