Mayank Agarwal scored a career-best 243 as India finished the second day of the first test against Bangladesh at 493-6.
Agarwal scored his second double hundred in four tests and beat his previous best of 215, set six weeks ago against South Africa.
This was also Agarwal’s third test hundred, a milestone he crossed before tea on Friday. He scored 190 runs for the fourth wicket with Ajinkya Rahane (86).
“Every time I get set, I make it a point to convert it to a big score,” Agarwal said. “Letting go of fear of failure has helped shape my mindset.
“We (with Rahane) wanted to build a small partnership and then put pressure on Bangladesh by batting for a longer time. I got full value for my shots on this wicket.”
India scored 407-5 in the second day’s play. It was their third-highest aggregate in a day of test cricket after 443-1 and 417-2, both against Sri Lanka.
Agarwal’s innings included 28 fours and eight sixes.
At the other end, Bangladesh was able to get Rahane to fall to Abu Jayed, caught at deep point. Jayed finished the day with 4-108.
Agarwal then continued on to his double hundred off 303 deliveries while India crossed 400 in the 105th over.
Agarwal and Ravindra Jadeja added 123 runs for the fifth wicket. Jadeja stroked his way to a 14th test half-century off 72 balls.
Bangladesh finally got rid of the double-centurion, caught off Mehidy Hasan (1-125). India also lost Wriddhiman Saha (12) shortly after.
After the end of the day's play, Mayank came to interact with media.
On a day like this, what do you do in the evenings in the hotel? Do you go watch the highlights of your innings? Or do you like watching a movie? Or a web series show? What do you do? What does Mayank do?,” the reporter asked him. The Indian opener stunned the reporter with his hilarious response.
“Mayank plays PUBG,” he said.
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