Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal made an new record in Test cricket with a score of 76 runs on debut against Australia on day one of the ongoing the Boxing Day Test on Wednesday. He became the highest scoring Indian test player in a debut match. The 27-year-old hit eight boundaries and one hit over the fence on his way to become the highest run-scorer for India on Test debut in Melbourne, Australia.
His 76 though was enough for Mayank to break a 71-year-old record of the highest score by an Indian on Test debut in Australia. The record was earlier held by Dattu Phadkar who made a 51 in Sydney in 1947.
Bangalore-born Mayank Agarwal broke into the Indian Test squad after openers Rahul and Vijay were dropped due to their poor performances.
Agarwal has an exceptional first-class record, including a triple century, which was scored in November 2017. He has played 46 first-class and 75 List A matches for Karnataka, averaging close to 50 in both. He has played 111 T20 matches.
Agarwal had made his first-class debut in November 2013 for Karnataka against Mysore while his List A debut came against Tamil Nadu, back in February 2012.
Agarwal has represented the Delhi Daredevils, Rising Pune Supergiant and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premiere League (IPL). He currently plays for Kings XI Punjab.