Agarwal has shown other Indian batsmen how to put Lyon under pressure: Clarke

first_imgMichael Clarke was very impressed with the batting application and performance of debutant Mayank Agarwal as the Karnataka batsman scored 76 off 161 deliveries in his very first Test innings and that too in the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Wednesday. Agarwal, after scoring a bulk of runs in domestic cricket, finally got his chance in the Indian team after openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay faced an axe following their poor performances, and proved that he belonged to the international stage.For Clarke, Agarwal stood out because of the way he batted against Nathan Lyon, who has eight-wicket hauls to his name in both the previous Tests in Adelaide and Perth.”The standout for me [the way he batted against Lyon]. Firstly you give a guy his debut and he scores 76, unbelievable performance but it was his intent against Nathan Lyon. I actually think he has shown the other Indian batsmen how to put Nathan Lyon under pressure,” Clarke said on Sony Sports during the post-tea show.India vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 1 in Melbourne: Live Cricket Score”He made Lyon bowl majority of his overs from around the wicket, which Nathan would prefer to bowl over. He has been able to bowl over in the first two Test matches so because of his [Agarwal] intent as he opened up scoring on both sides of the wicket.”Clarke was also happy with the way Agarwal had forced his way into the Test side and praised India on their ability to produce quality cricketers time and again.advertisement”I like the fact that he has earned the right to be called for the Indian team and that only shows how India keep producing class batsman again and again. You need guys who score a bulk of runs away from international cricket to knock the doors and then he has shown he can be good in international cricket as well,” Clarke said.Former India cricket Murali Karthik called Agarwal the “leading light” in terms of the way he batted against Lyon.”I think he has been the leading light in a way to tell the other batsmen how to play Nathan Lyon.”Karthik further praised Agarwal for the calmness and surity he displayed in the middle.”Definitely [India would still be happy]. If at the start of the day you tell any team that they are going to be 128-2 at tea, they’ll take it. The best thing was the way Mayank Agarwal batted. You have given a young man a Test cap debut and that too when it’s not been the best of times at Perth, two openers have been axed and then he walks in, plays brilliantly. I thought he was absolutely calm and composed, except for the initial nerves which I’m pretty sure anybody would feel – he did not try and overhit anything.”Agarwal became the 27th Indian batsman to score a fifty on Test debut. He is also only the second Indian opener to make his debut on Australian soil. Amir Elahi, the 40th player to represent the country, had made his debut at the Sydney Cricket Ground way back in 1947-48.The Bangalore-born cricketer is also the second Indian to score a half-century on debut in Australia after Dattu Phadkar (51 vs Australia at SCG in 1947).Also Read | Boxing Day Test: Australian fans welcome Virat Kohli with boos at MCGAlso Read | Boxing Day Test: Mayank Agarwal creates history for India on debut in AustraliaAlso Read | India vs Australia 3rd Test: Mayank Agarwal becomes first Indian opener to debut in MelbourneAlso See:last_img

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