This is just the beginning: KL Rahul lauds double centurion Mayank Agarwal
Rahul (r) was opening the innings with Mayank (l) not so long ago (Twitter: @klrahul11)
- Mayank Agarwal hit 215 in the 1st Test vs South Africa
- KL Rahul congratulates Mayank on the feat
- While Rahul is currently out of the Indian Test side, Mayank has slowly risen up the pecking order
Out of favour Indian opener KL Rahul, who is currently playing for Karnataka in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, couldn't stop himself from praising his friend and state teammate Mayank Agarwal on the latter scoring a Test double hundred (215) vs South Africa on Thursday.
After watching his teammate's solid performance, Rahul couldn't stop raving about his Karnataka teammate, who has grown into the opening role as Rahul's stock fell over the past one year or so. With Rahul not finding a place in the current Indian Test squad, he has responded well by scoring tons of runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. But Thursday was all about Mayank and Rahul acknowledged it in full measure.
"Congratulations my brother, so proud of you... this is just the beginning
@mayankcricket": wrote Rahul on Twitter.
Earlier, Agarwal hit his maiden double hundred in Test cricket as India continued to dominate South Africa in the first Test of the 3-match series in Vizag on Thursday. Agarwal made his debut in Australia last year and made an immediate impact Down Under.
After a solitary half-century on the tour of West Indies, Mayank Agarwal walked in to open with Rohit Sharma and the pair became only the third in Indian cricket history to add 300 for the opening wicket of a Test innings.
After Rohit Sharma fell for 176, Mayank Agarwal stayed strong and became the 23rd Indian to score a double century in Test cricket.
Mayank had played his first Test in Australia at the MCG and began his career with a gutsy 76 and a fluent 42 as India won by 137 runs.
Agarwal followed those scores up with another fine 77 in the next in Sydney before scores of 5, 16, 55 and 4 in the 2-Test series against the West Indies.
Playing his first Test in India, Mayank Agarwal gave a good account of himself. He first added a record 317 for the opening wicket with Rohit Sharma before he saw Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli depart for scores of 6 and 17 respectively.
Only 2 other Indians in the current Test set-up have scored double hundreds: Pujara and Kohli. Mayank Agarwal joined the list in only his 8th innings in Test cricket.
In fact, after Virat Kohli's twin double centuries against Sri Lanka in 2017, Mayank Agarwal became the first Indian batsman to achieve the feat.