Indian batter Mayank Agarwal is eager to take over the brains of newly appointed national team head coach Rahul Dravid, after having had a pleasurable experience with Karnataka’s ‘accessible’ pillar in the ‘A’ side.
Dravid, one of the greats to have played for India, was named head coach of the Indian team after Ravi Shastri’s tenure ended earlier this month.
“With Rahul Bhai we had a very pleasant experience with him as coach of India A and we have been in contact. I am delighted to work with him in the Indian team as well,” Agarwal told PTI during a telephone interaction.
When asked what aspects of the game he would discuss with Dravid, who was head of National Cricket Academy before taking the top position in the Indian team, Agarwal said: “There are a few points that I would like to talk to him about and he was approachable. “” And not only now, even before, when we were part of India A, but we could also just pick up the phone and talk to him and share this than we thought. It’s very accessible that way, ”said the elegant right-hander, who has 1,052 runs from 14 Tests.
The opener also looks forward to the next two-test round against New Zealand, which will be held at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur and the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
“I’m looking forward to (the series) and delighted to be a part of the squad against New Zealand,” said the 30-year-old.
Agarwal, who has scored 441 points in the IPL this year, also reflected on the past season, saying he was very happy with the way he played for the Punjab Kings.
“ I think I was very happy with the way I performed (in the IPL). I grew up in the role the team expected of me and I was an aggressor from the start and whenever the opportunity presented itself; I tried to beat during the heats. “I enjoyed the responsibility of sometimes hitting in the innings (and) it’s something that I learned and enjoyed,” he added.
Agarwal also managed the Punjab Kings in the absence of regular skipper KL Rahul and the opener said the two were good friends.
“I was captain during a game and I also enjoyed this responsibility. It’s unfortunate that KL (Rahul) had to miss, due to an injury.
“We were great friends, we played all of our cricket together and when I made my debut he was there with the Indian team. ” He always has words of encouragement and always supported (me) and we really enjoyed beating together and we communicate well in the middle, ”said the right-hander.
Agarwal, who made his Test debut against Australia at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, said representing India for the first time was the “most memorable” moment for him.
“It was very special, playing my first test match and that too on Boxing Day at the MCG,” he said, adding that he remembers that 76-point shot a lot, which he made at his beginnings.
Agarwal, who currently attends the BKC testing specialist camp, admitted his role as opener is difficult.
“We’ll see, the role of an opener is tough and it’s something we’ve been preparing ourselves for throughout our careers, to overcome different challenges.
“Different countries have different conditions and in Australia there’s a lot more bounce, and in New Zealand there’s swing and stitching, we’ve worked hard on that too and we’ve overcome challenges and we’re winning a lot more, a lot more series abroad now, “he signed.
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