Mayank Agarwal guided Karnataka to Vijay Hazare Trophy win © IANS
Mayank Agarwal guided Karnataka to Vijay Hazare Trophy win © IANS

Mayank Agarwal had slammed 1,160 runs at 105.45 in the Ranji Trophy 2017-18. His 5 hundreds included a 304 not out. His imperious form continued in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he slammed 723 runs at 90.37 to guide Karnataka to the title. Mayank slammed 7 fifty-plus scores in 8 innings, converting 3 of them to hundreds. The runs came at a strike rate of 108. No other batsman scored over 400 in the tournament.

Agarwal has been banging the national selection doors. He has managed to crack it and may soon break open the door. India’s Chief Selector MSK Prasad is a firm believer in letting each and every player know where they stands in terms of national selection. Prasad has let Mayank known that he is in the queue for a national berth.

“No player should be confused about where he stands. Our committee speaks to every player — even those who are to selected and try to give them a fair picture. Accordingly, I spoke to Mayank and told him that with his brilliant performances in domestic cricket, he has now definitely got himself in the mix (national team reckoning). I told him that he is now in the queue,” Prasad informed PTI.

Notching 2,141 runs this season, Mayank isn’t hurrying himself to the national berth. Prasad confirmed that: ”We have followed a pattern in our selection process. Each and every national contender is in the queue and we don’t believe that anyone can jump the queue. Mayank is a wonderful kid and he completely understood what I explained to him. He told me ‘Sir, you are spot on and ‘I am not in a hurry at all’.”

Mayank will now play for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the 11th edition of IPL.

Mayank Agarwal: 28 days, 4 matches, 1033 runs and the art of ‘letting go’
Mayank Agarwal: 28 days, 4 matches, 1033 runs and the art of ‘letting go’

Meanwhile, Prasad noted that the team that returned from South Africa last week was the “best” that visited the South African shores and he is satisfied with the effort of 6-1 and 2-1 result in ODIs and T20Is respectively and winning the Johannesburg Test: ”I had said before the start of South African tour that this is our best team and I stand by it completely. The Test series was a case of so-near yet-so-far. But full marks to Virat (Kohli) and the team management for keeping up the energy. It was not easy but Virat led from the front as he has always done.”