All-format Mayank Agarwal hopeful of limited-overs chances with India
Mayank Agarwal bats during the one-dayers against England Lions in 2018. © Getty

Having made a successful start to his Test career with India last year, Mayank Agarwal is hopeful of getting opportunities in ODIs and T20Is.

Agarwal, 28, has in to his credit 3605 List A runs at an average of 48.71, courtesy 12 hundreds and 14 fifties. In T20s, he has scored 2340 runs at a strike-rate of 130.79, with one century and 15 fifties. (INTERVIEWI persisted, didn’t let go and that worked for me: Mayank Agarwal)

Though he has not managed to break into India’s limited-overs team yet, Agarwal could find a chance if he keeps scoring for Karnataka, India A and in the IPL.

“Obviously the goal is to play for the country in all three formats,” Agarwal told Reuters. “I’m looking forward to playing limited-overs cricket for the country whenever the opportunity presents itself. I think I have the game (to succeed across formats). The basic remains the same, whether you’re playing Test cricket, one-day cricket or Twenty20 cricket. You only have to change your game and plan according to the format you are playing and the situation you are put in.”

Agarwal had been close to ODI selection in 2018, after he finished the previous domestic season with a record-breaking 2,141 runs, which saw him top the Ranji Trophy run chart with 1160 at 105.45, including three hundreds – a best of 304 not out – and two fifties. As part of the India A tour of England in mid-2018, Agarwal was his team’s leading run-getter with 287 from four one-day games as they won a tri-series with England A and West Indies A. In the four-day matches, he made 68 against West Indies A and 1 versus England A.

In his debut innings, Mayank Agarwal scored a pleasing 76.
In his debut innings, Mayank Agarwal scored a pleasing 76. ©AFP

Back in India, the 27-year-old continued his rich vein of form by scoring 236 runs in a quadrangular tournament with 236 runs at an average of 59 for winners India B. This included 124 versus India A and 69 against Australia A in the final in his home city of Bengaluru, which followed a double-century for India A versus South Africa A during a four-day match.

Agarwal marked his first innings in Test cricket with an attractive 76 and then top-scored with 42 in the second innings. In his second Test, he got to 77 before he was caught in the deep attempting another six off Nathan Lyon.

“I’m still disappointed about that. I could have had a century there. I was looking to attack him. I have learnt from that mistake,” he said. “Playing Test cricket was a great experience. Facing bowlers like Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon gave me a lot of insight as to what I need to do about a few aspects of my game.

“It also gave me a lot of confidence having scored against Australia in Australia.”