Mayank Agarwal has been in supreme form for India in Tests and already has one hundred apiece in this ongoing series against South Africa.

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Mayank Agarwal had a terrific debut in Australia in the Boxing Day Test match when he thwarted Australia’s new-ball bowlers and then Nathan Lyon to make 76. He followed that up with a 42 in the second innings. In the next Test, he went on to make 77 in the first innings.

His 42 at Melbourne remains his highest second innings score while he has made three scores in excess of his debut knock of 76 in the first innings. Two of them have come in this series against the Proteas when he made 215 and 108 at Vizag and Pune.

Mayank has been in stellar form in the first innings of Test matches. Only once in six has he scored anything less than a half-century in the first innings of his Test career so far. His scores in this innings from debut read: 76, 77, 5, 55, 215 and 108. 

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On the contrary, his second innings numbers wane. He averages just 17.25 in the second innings in contrast to a whopping 89.33 in the first. All of his five 50-plus scores have also come in the first innings.

Mayank’s Record in Tests

Team Innings

Innings

Runs

Average

Balls faced

100s

50s

1st team innings

6

536

89.33

979

2

3

2nd team innings

4

69

17.25

191

0

0

Given how the Indian team has been dominant, Mayank has only played four innings in the second essay in Tests, so the sample size is still low, but it appears as though he might have a pertinent weakness in the second innings of matches.

In the list of top-order batsmen (positions 1-7) with lowest second innings averages since Mayank’s debut, he comes ninth.

Batsmen with lowest 2nd innings averages since Mayank's debut
(Minimum 4 innings)

Player

Innings

Runs

Average

Balls faced

100s

50s

DA Warner (AUS)

5

24

4.8

49

0

0

TB de Bruyn (SA)

4

31

7.75

67

0

0

DM Bravo (WI)

4

26

8.66

66

0

0

KC Brathwaite (WI)

5

41

10.25

73

0

0

T Bavuma (SA)

5

45

11.25

95

0

0

MS Harris (AUS)

6

63

12.6

122

0

0

SO Hetmyer (WI)

4

52

13

98

0

0

JD Campbell (WI)

5

67

16.75

112

0

0

MA Agarwal (INDIA)

4

69

17.25

191

0

0

RJ Burns (ENG)

9

183

20.33

381

0

1

On the contrary, take in players with best averages in the first innings since his debut (min 300 runs) and Mayank comes second only to Steven Smith.

Best 1st innings Test averages since Mayank's debut
(Minimum 300 runs)

Player

Innings

Runs

High Score

Average

100s

50s

SPD Smith (AUS)

4

527

211

131.75

2

2

MA Agarwal (INDIA)

6

536

215

89.33

2

3

TWM Latham (NZ)

5

359

161

71.8

2

0

LRPL Taylor (NZ)

5

340

200

68

1

1

Q de Kock (SA)

6

399

111

66.5

1

3

CA Pujara (INDIA)

6

371

193

61.83

2

1

M Labuschagne (AUS)

6

314

81

52.33

0

3

TM Head (AUS)

8

346

161

43.25

1

1

RJ Burns (ENG)

9

364

133

40.44

1

2

Smith averages a stunning 131.75 in the first innings in 4 Ashes innings and has two centuries and a half-century. Meanwhile, Mayank has fared nearly as well, making five scores of 50 or more including a double ton in six innings.

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Feature image courtesy: AFP / Punit Paranjpe