Mayank Agarwal of India raises his bat after scoring 100 runs during the Tri-Series International match between England Lions and India A at Fischer County Ground on June 26, 2018 in Leicester, England.
Mayank Agarwal of India raises his bat after scoring 100 runs during the Tri-Series International match between England Lions and India A at Fischer County Ground on June 26, 2018 in Leicester, England.

With 1160 Ranji Trophy runs in 2017-18 season and a record-setting 723 runs in eight innings in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal had a windall season. And in the India A tour of England, Agarwal top-scored in List A matches with 442 runs in six matches, yet, the 27-year-old is awaiting his maiden India call-up.

While Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari have been called for the Indian Test team, owing to their good performances in the FC matches of the India A of England, Agarwal, would feel hard done to miss out. However, Bengaluru-born is unfazed and is happy the way he is batting.

“I think I am very happy with the progress. I am very happy with the way I am batting,” Agarwal told Firstpost, adding, “I am in a great mindspace and I want to continue batting and scoring runs.”

In the FC classes matches in England, Agarwal struggled to get going scoring 69 runs in four innings, when Shaw amassed 250 runs and Vihari scored 119. But for him, it was the experience that was the biggest learning.

“I think it was a fantastic tournament, we got to learn a lot. It was a great experience to play in England for the first time. It was great to play for the first time against the Dukes balls in English conditions. It gave us great exposure,” said the 27-year-old.

While he was in terrific form in the domestic circuit last year, Agarwal did not enjoy a good IPL season, scoring just 120 runs in 11 matches, for Kings XI Punjab in April this year, but he reckons it is not fair to concentrate on one tournament to define how successful a year he has had.

“Scoring 2000 runs in a domestic season is not a joke. I am very, very happy with the way I am batting. Yes, I did not have a good IPL. I have to look at my performances as a whole season and not just one tournament. I cannot say that I need to do well only in this tournament. I understand that I have not done well in IPL but if I have to look at whole year, I think I am batting extremely well,” added the right-handed batsman