Mayank Agarwal’s stellar performance in the second Test against New Zealand was a reflection of his self belief

Mayank Agarwal’s strong performance in the second Test against New Zealand, according to former batting great and soon-to-be National Cricket Academy head VVS Laxman, was a reflection of his self-belief. Agarwal, who filled in for KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma during the series, struggled in Kanpur but came back to win the ‘Player of the Match’ award with scores of 150 and 62 in the second Test.

“It was fantastic to see him come in and express himself, as he places a strong emphasis on self-confidence. I feel he approached the game with the same mindset he did during his first-class and international cricket careers “Laxman said

Laxman’s batting against spinners was particularly impressive.”He was keeping his front foot in the pitch of the ball and he was playing with a lot of discipline. But when the spinners came in he was using his feet a lot,” said Laxman.

Ajaz Patel

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“He hit some outstanding shots, especially against Ajaz Patel. His shot over long off and over extra cover for sixes are probably the best shots of his innings.”

The Hyderabadi also discussed Agarwal’s technical tweaks during the Mumbai game, during which he trusted the game plan against Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee.

“Because in Kanpur in both the innings he got out at balls that were pitching on and outside the off stump, whereas in Mumbai, especially in the first innings, he was ready to leave a lot of deliveries.”

“He was keeping his front foot in the pitch of the ball and he was playing with a lot of discipline. But when the spinners came in he was using his feet a lot,” said Laxman.

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