Mayank Agarwal: Need to keep working my way up in Indian cricket

Aug 07, 2018, 16:00 IST | A Correspondent

The tremendous run has put him close to Team India selection but Mayank Agarwal said he did not want to think too far ahead. Mayank said he wanted to keep his focus on India 'A' games at hand right now.

Mayank Agarwal: Need to keep working my way up in Indian cricket
Mayank Agarwal of India 'A' scored 220 against SA 'A'

Mayank Agarwal was the standout performer during the previous domestic season, scoring more than 2000 runs across the tournaments. But at times, such massive numbers can put pressure on a batsman to do an encore. Mayank, who had already notched up three List 'A' hundreds in England and a double hundred (220) for India 'A' against South Africa 'A' here, said rather wryly that he was not thinking too much about the Mount 2000 that he scaled last season.

"I am very happy with the way the season has begun and the way I am batting. But you cannot start the new season thinking that you have scored more than 2000 runs last season. Yes, you are confident that you have scored that many runs and you take that confidence into the new season, but you cannot take things for granted and you have to work your way up all over again," said Mayank.

The tremendous run has put him close to Team India selection but Mayank said he did not want to think too far ahead. "As a batsman, you have to be persistent and there will be times when you will be get runs. So, it's all about making those occasions count, using the form and confidence you have. I am batting well and want to keep doing that." Mayank said he wanted to keep his focus on India 'A' games at hand right now.

"You play so many games, the important thing is to stay in the present. We are playing this and then we play the quadrangular. It's all about focusing on the present," said Mayank. South Africa 'A' were in trouble at 99-4 in the second essay, trailing by 239 runs, at stumps on Day Three, in reply to India 'A' 584-8 declared. Pacer Mohammed Siraj claimed all four wickets.

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