Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show ‘IPL – Special Retention Show’, former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar spoke on Mayank Agarwal being released by Punjab Kings.
“See, it’s a very interesting case with Mayank Agarwal, for one, the price tag doesn’t help when you’ve had a bad season. There’s a temptation of releasing that player and using that money to rebuy maybe or, you know, look at another option. But the thing about Mayank Agarwal?
“Too much of a nice guy, and this game is not for nice guys. He had a phenomenal couple of seasons at the top of the order with KL Rahul. He out-batted KL Rahul at the top position and became the captain; ideally, you would want one more year for a guy to prove himself,” he said.
And the worst thing that could have happened to him was that he sacrificed his opening position, where he was phenomenal, and went down the order. This meant that batting became more difficult, the runs didn’t come, and the pressure built up. So, I feel sorry for him, but he’ll be a very attractive proposition for teams looking for an opener because this guy will get you big scores at a strike rate of 150, 160 and is good against both spin and pace.”