With his maiden fifty, Agarwal become the sixth India opener to reach 50 in his first innings of Test cricket.
With his maiden fifty, Agarwal become the sixth India opener to reach 50 in his first innings of Test cricket.

Mayank Agarwal’s 76 off 161 balls effort on his Test debut against Australia in the 3rd Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on Wednesday is now the second highest score on debut for an Indian player overseas. (LIVE SCORECARD: INDIA vs AUSTRALIA, MCG TEST)

During his knock of eight fours and a six Agarwal left behind Sunil Gavaskar’s debut innings score of 67, against West Indies in 1971, but fell one run short of Sudhir Naik’s tally of 77 runs on Test debut on England in 1974. (LIVE UPDATES: INDIA vs AUSTRALIA, MCG TEST)

With his maiden fifty, Agarwal become the sixth India opener to reach 50 in his first innings of Test cricket.

Those before him to have achieved this are, in chronological order: Dilawar Hussain (59) versus England in Kolkata in 1934, KC Ibrahim (85) versus West Indies in Delhi in 1948, Gavaskar (65) against West Indies at Port of Spain in 1971, Arun Lal (63) versus Sri Lanka in Chennai in 1982, Shikhar Dhawan (187) versus Australia in Mohali in 2013 and Prithvi Shaw (134) versus West Indies in Rajkot in October.

Confirmed for a debut as opener on Tuesday, the 27-year-old Agarwal blunted the new ball at the MCG and with Hanuma Vihari batted out an hour and 20 minutes to give India a solid start after Virat Kohli won a great toss. Their opening stand of 40 in 18.5 overs is the longest any India opening pair has batted in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) countries since July 2011.

Agarwal hit a four off the first ball after lunch and moved to his half-century on debut off 95 deliveries with a firmly struck boundary off Lyon back past the bowler, but was removed in the last over before tea by Pat Cummins.