Mumbai: Mayank Agarwal becomes the second Indian batsman after Virender Sehwag (2008) to score a double hundred in a Test against South Africa. Playing in his first Test on Indian soil, the 28-year-old reached his double ton off 358 deliveries. Agarwal is the 23rd Indian cricketer to score a double hundred in Test cricket.
In domestic cricket, Mayank Agarwal got the recognition he deserved due to years of hard work and the weight of the truck. However, coming from that piece, cricket has done its best so far.
After registering three 50-plus scores in his first four Tests – all away – the 28-year-old recorded his first triple-figures on the first day of the 1st Test match between India and South Africa at Vizag.
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma, who scored 176 runs in an opening partnership of 317 runs – only the third time an Indian opening pair has managed to put on a stand of 300 plus in Test history.
The highest score is that of Agarwal’s teammate Karun Nair, who scored 303 not out against England in 2016 in Chennai – his first century in Tests. The next best is Vinod Kambli’s 224 in Mumbai against England in 1993. Dilip Sardesai’s first Test century came against New Zealand in Mumbai in 1965 and he was unbeaten on a score of 200*.