Indian opener Mayank Agarwal continued his golden run in Test cricket, slamming his second double century on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh at Indore. Agarwal brought up his double century in Virender Sehwag-style, dispatching off-spinner Mehidy Hasan for six.
Agarwal, who was dropped on 32 by Imrul Kayes off Abu Jayed on day 1, went on to score a memorable 243 in 330 balls with 28 fours and eight sixes. Agarwal featured in a 190-run stand for the fourth wicket with Ajinkya Rahane (86) after skipper Virat Kohli fell for a rare duck. Agarwal’s 243 comes close on the heels of the 215 he made against South Africa at Visakhapatnam last month.
Agarwal looked set for 250 when, having hit Hasan for a six over long-off, he fell next ball, mistiming a slog-sweep and finding the man at deep mid-wicket. Thanks to Indian opener’s heroics, India finished the day at 493 for 6, with Ravindra Jadeja unbeaten on 60, and massive lead of 343 with three days to go.
Here are some significant stats from Mayank Agarwal’s stunning double hundred on Friday.
Quicker than Bradman
Mayank Agarwal took just 12 innings to post his second Test double hundred. He thus went past Don Bradman, who took 13 innings to do so. Only Vinod Kambli stands above Agarwal. The former India left-hander needed only five innings to register two double tons.
Next after Sachin
Agarwal’s 243 is now the second highest score in India-Bangladesh Test matches. The highest individual score in India-Bangladesh Tests is in the name of Sachin Tendulkar, who made 248 not out at Dhaka in 2004. Kohli’s 204 at Hyderabad in 2016/17 is the next best.
Joint most sixes in an innings by an Indian
Agarwal’s eight sixes are the joint most in a Test innings by an Indian batsman. He equaled the feat of another former India opener Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had also smashed eight sixes in a Test against Sri Lanka at Lucknow in 1993/94.
Four Tests, Four 200s! A First
Agarwal’s 243 means for the first time in the history of Test cricket a team has had a player scoring a double hundred in four consecutive Tests. The sequence is as follows — Agarwal 215 (Visakhapatnam), Kohli 254 not out (Pune), Rohit Sharma 212 (Ranchi), and Agarwal 243 (Indore).
Agarwal joins Mankad, Jaffer
With two double hundreds, Agarwal is now joint third on the list of most double centuries by Indian openers. Agarwal shares the honours with Vinoo Mankad and Wasim Jaffer. Virender Sehwag (6) has hit most double hundreds for India as opener (6) followed by the legendary Sunil Gavaskar (3).
4th quickest Indian opener to three Test hundreds
With his knock on Friday, Agarwal became the fourth quickest Indian opener to reach three Test hundreds. Rohit Sharma tops the list with 4 innings followed by Sunil Gavaskar (7) while KL Rahul needed 9 innings. Mayank needed 12 innings to get there, and is tied at 4th spot with Vijay Merchant.
2nd highest Test run-scorer in 2019
With a tally of 740 runs, Agarwal is now the second highest Test run-getter in 2019. He is second only to Steve Smith, who has amassed 774 runs in the Ashes 2019 Test. Will Agarwal end up as the leading Test run-scorer of 2019?
Over 200 runs in a day’s play
Agarwal, who was unbeaten on 37 on Day 1, scored 206 runs on Day 2. This is the joint fifth best by an Indian in a day, equaling MS Dhoni, who also scored the same number of runs in a day during the 2012/13 Test against Australia at Chennai. Sehwag leads the pack with 284 runs in a day against Sri Lanka at Mumbai in 2009/10.