Team India’s young opener Mayank Agarwal has continued his great form in the Pune Test. Agarwal has scored the second century of his career in the Test match released here. Mayank completed this century by hitting a four from Philander on 183rd ball. Earlier in the over, he had Keshav Maharaj hit two sixes off two consecutive balls and raised his score to 99.
Mayank has equaled former Test opener Virender Sehwag with two centuries in two consecutive Tests. Prior to Mayank, Virender Sehwag had scored centuries in two consecutive Test matches against South Africa in 2009-10.
Before the Pune Test match, Mayank scored a double century in the first innings of the Visakhapatnam Test match. Here he had scored an impressive 215 runs and converted his first Test century into a double century. Mayank, who came to bat here on Thursday, batting with full confidence in the match from the beginning of the innings.
Initially, the South African speakers were getting some good swing but Mayank did not look uncomfortable in front of them. He had scored 86 runs in the first two sessions of the day and completed his century by playing just 13 balls in the third session.
Mayank scores 2nd century of the series
He hit 16 fours and 2 sixes in this century. However, after the century, he could not make his innings much further.
They caught Kagiso Rabada out by skipper Faf du Plessis at slip on his ball. Mayank, who scored a century in two consecutive Tests against South Africa, has now equaled former Test opener Virender Sehwag.
Opening batsman Virender Sehwag, who scored a century in back-to-back two Tests before Mayank, did so against this country in 2009-10
Talking of scoring the highest century continuously, Gautam Gambhir’s name is at the top of this list. Gambhir played 5 consecutive Tests from March 2009 to January 2010, scoring 5 centuries. During this, Gambhir scored 2 against New Zealand, 2 against Sri Lanka and 1 against Bangladesh.
Australia’s Don Bradman has been ranked first in the list of most consecutive centuries. Bradman is the only batsman to score 6 consecutive centuries. He had six of his six centuries against England (1937–38).
This is the fourth century scored by Indian openers (Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal) in the current series. Prior to this, Indian openers have done thrice to score 4 centuries in a series.