One man’s loss is the other man’s gain and this got proved when Vijay Shankar got ruled out of the Indian World Cup squad and Mayank Agarwal earned the dream opportunity to receive his maiden ODI call-up. On Monday, a month or so after the IPL 2019 got over, the Bengaluru-based coach could not hide his joy as Mayank earned an ODI call up and that too in India’s World Cup squad, replacing injured Vijay Shankar.
“(It’s a) Dream come true. He has always dreamt of playing in the World Cup. This is a pleasant surprise. (I am) Very elated,” the coach said before adding, “He (Mayank) was thrilled. He was extremely thrilled.”
We were just working on various other aspects
When asked whether the two worked on Mayank’s shorter format game after the IPL, the coach says: “Not exactly the shorter format of the game. But we were just working on various other aspects. There were a few things that needed to be ironed out. We were working on that part. There was a lot of work that was put in.”
There were never any doubts about his strokeplay. Never. But his new-found consistency, more like ‘wherever I go, my runs follow’ has turned the tide. Somewhere, he shifted gears and the results are there for everyone to see. After scoring a chunk of runs over the last few years in the domestic cricket and for India A, he earned a much-deserved Test call-up. To his credit, he made the opportunity count, scoring two fifties in as many Tests as India went on to secure a historic Test series win in Australia.
RX Muralidhar highlights where the change has come over the course of these last two or so years. “For us, it was all about mind, the way he thinks because thoughts shape your personality. By influencing our emotions, actions and the habits. Everything starts from there. His whole challenge was his mind and not his skills. This is what we worked on. We see a lot of changes in that and the thought was the one which was challenging him. The question always used to come, “Is my technique good enough? Is what I am doing good enough?” That kind of stuff,”