Mayank Agarwal made full use of the chance given by Imrul Kayes yesterday as he first completed his 3rd Test 100 becoming 4th quickest Indian opener to reach that landmark after Rohit Sharma in 4, Sunil Gavaskar in 7 and KL Rahul in 9 innings but this was not the only club he became a member of as the Indian opener kept going strength to strength and converted his 100 into 200 with a six but wait, we are not talking about his connection with Virender Sehwag though. Let’s find out what’s that unique club this is all about.
As Mayank hit the ball into the air & cleared the ropes to bring up his 2nd Test 100 in last 4 Tests and overall 8th Test, he joined an elite list of batsmen who have scored 2 double centuries in less than 10 Tests. Mayank brought it up in his 8th Test equaling Sir Don Bradman who scored his second 100 in his 8th Test as well although he took one inning more (13) to reach that feet. The record for quickest 2 200s in Test cricket is with WR Hammond from England who got to this landmark in only his 3rd Test. Vinod Kambli is the quickest Indian to reach there, in his 4th Test. Brian Lara is also there in the list with 2 Test double 100s in his first 10 Test Matches. Mayank had an opportunity to go for 300 as well but then he lost his cool & also his wicket in the final session of day’s play as he mistimed a slog sweep to deep midwicket. He missed out on the opportunity of scoring the highest run in an inning in the year 2019 as he could not go pass Virat Kohli’s 254. He still has one more Test to go this year. Thanks to the efforts of Mayank who was well supported by Ajinkya Rahane and Jadeja, India found themselves in a very commanding position at the end of day 2 as the hosts are 493-6 leading by 343 runs. Captain Kohli though had a pretty awful day as he bagged his 10th duck in Test cricket early in the morning.