Mayank Agarwal will look to start afresh with his new IPL franchise    IANS
Mayank Agarwal will look to start afresh with his new IPL franchise IANS

Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal has moved to Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) from Delhi Daredevils (DD) for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season, beginning from April 5. This move was part of the second trading window, which ends on January 20. Agarwal failed to have any sort of impact for DD as he managed to score just 355 runs in 21 matches at 17.75 with a couple of fifties. Agarwal finished as the leading run-getter in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL), where the right-handed batsman scored 414 runs at 103.50 at a whooping strike rate of 172.50. He scored a hundred and three fifties in the recently concluded edition of KPL.

MS Dhoni-led RPS finished second last in the previous edition and will look to boost their squad further when the IPL 2017 auction gets underway in February. Agarwal is a regular for Karnataka in the domestic circuit. He has represented Karnataka in 29 First-Class matches, 35 List A matches and 70 T20 games, since making his debut in 2010. Agarwal was India A s star performer in the tri-series featuring Sourh Africa A and Australia A. He amassed 409 runs in five innings in the tri-series with the highlight of his stellar effort being back-to-back hundreds against South Africa A.

Agarwal, who was under Dravid at DD, praised the legendary cricketer for his help. Dravid sir told me that preparation before the game is very important and if you do that well, consistency will follow. Every time after the innings, I could ask him anything about batting. That was great.

Agarwal also feels that he was lucky to spend some time with Sunil Gavaskar during the A tournament. I was lucky enough to spend some time with Gavaskar sir. It was after our first league game against South Africa. He told me he always looked to bat out a session. There were a lot of questions asked. Things like how to face the fast bowlers across formats. It meant a great deal as he is one of the best we have had, said Agarwal recalling his interaction with the former India captain

(With inputs from PTI)