'The epitome of leadership': R Ashwin, Rohit Sharma and teammates react after Virat Kohli resigns as Test captain
Virat Kohli, who took over from MS Dhoni midway through the Australian tour back in 2014-15, on Saturday announced his decision to quit Test captaincy.
Besides Agarwal, who was nominated for his stellar performance in the Test series against New Zealand and South Africa, Kiwi spinner Ajaz Patel and Australian pacer Mitchell Starc were also shortlisted for the award.
In 2021, Rahul averages 54.62 in nine Test innings across England and South Africa. Compare this to the last 12 Test innings he played in 2018-19, he scored at a mere 17.42
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Agarwal says his time away from the team was spent in understanding his mind space, something which coach Rahul Dravid has always emphasised on and it benefitted him immensely
Agarwal, who played the series in the absence of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, failed in Kanpur but regained his form to score 150 and 62 in the second Test to win the 'Player of the Match' award.
Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel, who became only the third player to take all 10 wickets in a Test innings, has moved up 23 slots to 38th after finishing with 14 wickets in the match
India vs New Zealand: The rise of the two Patels, Mayank and Siraj's Mumbai heroics and other takeaways
The two-match Test series between India and New Zealand ended 1-0 in favour of the home team after their dominant 372-run victory in the second game in Mumbai
India vs New Zealand: Technique won't guarantee runs all the time, but will to fight is key, says Mayank Agarwal
"It feels good to be back among the runs and this knock is special for me. I didn't change anything from Kanpur, I just had the mental discipline and determination," Agarwal said.
The tourists lost the second match by a huge margin, but their hard-fought draw in the opening game showed why they are World Test Championship holders
India vs New Zealand: Can't judge Ajinkya Rahane's form, only he knows what he is going through, says Virat Kohli
The Indian captain also answered some tricky questions, including his own form or the lack of it which, he said, couldn't be connected to any repetitive pattern of dismissals
India vs New Zealand: Daryl Mitchell says he took cue from Mayank Agarwal to counter Indian spinners
"Set the template from Mayank's batting, the way he put pressure on our spinners," Mitchell said after the day's play.
India vs New Zealand: Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal not fielding in second innings due to injuries
While Agarwal got hit on his right forearm while batting in the second innings, Gill got a cut on his right middle finger while fielding yesterday
Ajaz Patel makes history with 10-wicket innings haul as India dominate New Zealand on Day 2 in Mumbai
Patel became only the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to grab all 10 wickets in an innings as India ended the day with a 332-run lead after bowling the Black Caps out for a paltry 62.
India vs New Zealand: Ajaz Patel takes 'Perfect 10' but hosts bowl out Kiwis for 62 to inch towards win
At the end of the Day 2 of Mumbai Test, India were 69 for no loss, with the lead swelling to 332 in their second innings
India vs New Zealand: Rahul Dravid told me to make it 'big'; changed my shoulder position watching Sunny sir, says Mayank Agarwal
"When I was picked, Rahul bhai spoke to me. He asked me to control what is in my hands and said, go out there and give it your best," Agarwal said at the end of the day's play
India vs New Zealand: Spunky Mayank Agarwal steps out of foreboding shadows to reiterate credentials
On Day 1 of Mumbai Test, ton-up Agarwal reiterated his own opening credentials, stealing a march ahead of his immediate competitors and ensued that the faith reposed in him by the management wasn't without justification
India vs New Zealand: Mayank Agarwal stuns with a much-needed ton; Ajaz Patel sends hosts for a tizzy with four-for
However, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli failed to trouble the scorers and it was a hundred that came under pressure with India being 80 for 3 and 160 for 4 at different stages of the game
India vs New Zealand: Mayank Agarwal makes statement with century as India score 221/4 on Day 1 of Mumbai Test
Under pressure to prove his worth, Agarwal made the best statement possible with a superb hundred as India recovered from a sudden top-order collapse to reach 221 for 4 in two extended opening day sessions against New Zealand in the second Test in Mumbai
Electing to bat, Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara shared 61 runs after the fall of Mayank Agarwal (13) early. India lost three wickets in the afternoon session before debutant Iyer and Jadeja added an unfinished 113 runs to take India across the 250-mark.