Mayank Agarwal scored his first century for India yesterday and also made it a huge one by becoming only the fourth Indian to convert his maiden century into a double ton.
While many heaped praise for Agarwal, for showing tremendous patience out in the middle and scoring such a matured knock, former skipper Sourav Ganguly said that he was in no hurry to judge him after just one good innings.
“The problem is we come to conclusions very quickly. With one hundred we will say he’s your first choice opener and so on. But with a couple of failures you would say otherwise. This has to stop,” said Ganguly.
Sourav Ganguly also said that any batsmen performing well at the top of the order is a good sign for the side and he is ready to wait even for a year before drawing any conclusions on Mayank.
“Any young player who is doing well is a very good sign for Indian cricket. He (Mayank) played well in Australia. He struggled a bit in the West Indies. But in the first Test at home, he’s got a double against South Africa. Let him play for a year or so then will judge how good he is.”
Similarly, Ganguly hoped that Rohit Sharma carried his form to the next games as well, after he scored a magnificent 176 in his first test as an opener.
“It’s the same thing for Rohit Sharma — he has to perform consistently. It’s just the first Test match for him as an opener. He (Rohit) is a fantastic player and hopefully he continues to play well because Rohit Sharma in form will strengthen Indian batting,” Ganguly said.