- Nick name
- Mayank Agarwal
- Batting style
- Right Hand Bat
- Current Team
- Indian Premier League 2016
- February 18, 1991
An attacking batsman by nature, Mayank Agarwal impressed one and all at the Under-19 level. In the IPL, his big moment came in 2012 when he smashed an unbeaten 64 off 30 balls facing the likes of Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and RP Singh while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Although his team lost that match, the youngster from Karnataka had given a glimpse of what he was capable of. His flamboyant strokes and habit of posting big scores drew comparisons with the mighty Virender Sehwag. The former RCB batsman, who is a regular in the Karnataka squad in the domestic circuit, has been part of the DD dressing room since 2014.
A prolific opening batsman since his Under-13 days with Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Bangalore, Mayank Agarwal modelled his style of batting on Virender Sehwag. Agarwal struck 432 runs at an average of 54 in five matches in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy in 2008-09 and hit a match-winning 160 for India Under-19s, in a one-dayer against Australia Under-19s in Hobart in 2009.
Agarwal was a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing Under-19 World Cup for India in 2010, top-scoring for his side in the tournament. Agarwal then graduated to the India A sides, but struggled for consistency. Initially pigeonholed as a limited-overs specialist, Agarwal made his Ranji Trophy debut for Karnataka in the 2013-14 season; he made his T20 debut in 2010-11 and List A debut in 2011-12.
In the 2014-15 season, he was in the running to open for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy, but was benched halfway through the season. According to Rahul Dravid, who worked with Agarwal in the India A side, it was a “wake-up call” for the opener. Agarwal lost weight in the off season, worked hard on his fitness, and scored his maiden first-class century the following season.
He spent three seasons in the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore, from 2011 to 2013, scoring 492 runs in 35 matches, before moving to Delhi Daredevils in 2014. His stint with Daredevils was fairly muted in his first two seasons.
Indian Premier League 2016