Mayank Agarwal has been a force to reckon with in domestic cricket. Agarwal has been consistent enough to earn a place in the Indian squad whether it is List A or First-Class or T20 cricket. The 27-year-old has scored more than 2,000 runs in the current domestic cricket season. Yet again, he was ignored when the squad for Asia Cup 2018 was selected.
Harbhajan Singh did not seem too happy with the selection as he took to Twitter and expressed his disappointment.
Here’s what Harbhajan tweeted:
Where is Mayank Agarwal ??? After scoring so many runs I don’t see him in the squad … different rules for different people I guess.. pic.twitter.com/BKVnY6Sr4w
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 5, 2018
Many supported the Indian off-spinner for supporting the Karnataka batsman:
Wow atleast Someone Come and Speak about ,Who is Avaeraging over 50+ in Both list A and FC , thanks Sir ,Keep Supporting Deserving player
— Cricket Follower (@kpl2018) September 5, 2018
— Umesh S Gulgi (@UmeshSGulgi) September 5, 2018
Yes absolutely correct, no one is near him!!! He definitely deserves the spot!!!
— Vaibhav Jathar (@vabonnet) September 5, 2018
Sir main agree ke sath apke sath hu or mujhe pata hai thoda bhut ki jese politics party hti hai vesi hi kuch hmari India ke ly selecten ho ra h I hope koi bnda aayga Jo is selection team ko change krega ni to mhnt sbhi ki bekar jaygi miss u @mayankcricket sir jld hi aaoge
— CHOTA BHAI (@VikasVe85108009) September 5, 2018
Paaji these days team selections are PR driven not performance.
— Pratyush Jha (@pratyush_jha001) September 5, 2018
Bhajji – U have a great question for the selector ‘Masked Parsad’, Captain & a drunk head coach of @BCCI.. #TeamIndia has become a place of 6 packs and 6 pegs. Wait for 4-0 in Australia and QF exit from WC.. #ENGvIND #AsiaCup2018
— Chinmayanand Jha (@cnjha) September 5, 2018
— Guptarahul (@ozvic27) September 5, 2018
Seems a good IPL is a must to get selected!
— Sanket Jain (@JainSanket1461) September 5, 2018
BCCI chief selector said in a press conference earlier this year that they are keeping an eye on Mayank as well. He said,
“Mayank has been fantastic and performing consistently for 10-12 months. I’m sure in due course of time he’ll get his recognition. He did well in all three formats in domestic cricket and whatever opportunity he’s got for India A. We’ll definitely look at him when we rest senior cricketers.”
Agarwal has scored 4 List A centuries in this calendar year already, the most by any batsman including Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He has an outrageous average of 74 from 21 List A games scoring 1481 runs.
He was roped in by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Indian Premier League (IPL), the only tournament where he didn’t live up to his reputation. However, one tournament does not nullify the performance throughout the season.
Harbhajan has not minced words when it comes to selection. In an interview with Ambati Rayudu he also expressed that the batsman deserved more chances in the team ahead of other players.