Think this is going to be Mayank Agarwal’s year in the IPL: R Ashwin

first_imgThink this is going to be Mayank Agarwal’s year in the IPL: R AshwinKings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin heaped praise on Mayank Agarwal after the India Test opener smashed a quickfire 43 in their 8-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in their IPL 2019 match in Mohali on Saturday No data available! view more view less India Today Web Desk MohaliMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 22:29 IST IPL 2019: Mayank Agarwal has started the new season on a high (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMayank Agarwal smashed a match-winning 43 from just 21 balls vs MI in MohaliI just hope he goes on from strength to strength from here on: R Ashwin on Mayank AgarwalPlaying for India has also given me a lot of confidence, a different outlook: Mayank AgarwalKings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin has backed young Mayank Agarwal to have a brilliant year in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. Agarwal smashed a 21-ball 43 that helped KXIP gun down a 177-run target with ease against Mumbai Indians in Mohali on Saturday. | Report | Highlights |Ashwin pointed out that Mayank Agarwal hasn’t been lucky when it comes to IPL but added that the India Test opener will continue the good run after some impressive performances at the international level.Agarwal, who has been scoring tons of runs in domestic cricket over the years, hasn’t managed to grab the limelight in IPL cricket over the years. Barring the 2012 edition, Agarwal hadn’t even played the full seasons for the teams he represented in the past. Agarwal had an ordinary season for KXIP in IPL 2018 as he had managed just 120 runs in 11 matches.However, Agarwal has made a strong start to IPL 2019 as he has already collected 123 runs in three matches.”I just hope he goes on from strength to strength from here on. He has had a fabulous year. He’s been striking the ball really well. I think he’s been a touch unlucky when it comes to the IPL. But, I think this is going to be his year,” Ashwin said on Saturday.Playing for India has given me a different outlook: Mayank AgarwalAgarwal also opined that the experience that he had gained from playing Tests for India is helping him deal with difficult situations in the IPL. Notably, Agarwal made his Test debut for India in the Boxing Day Test last year at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and shone with the bat in India’s historic 2-1 Test series win in Australia.advertisement”It’s a great feeling to get two points on the board. Very, very important to win the first home game and I hope we can create some momentum now. It is very pleasing. The year I have had has given me a lot of confidence. Playing for India has also given me a lot of confidence, a different outlook. With that outlook when I am playing the IPL, it makes things a lot easier,” Agarwal said.He added: “I need to find ways to win games for the team. If I am batting at No. 3 and if we are batting first, we need to take the game as long as possible. If I am chasing, I need to finish games for the side, which I didn’t do today.”Captain Ashwin, meanwhile stressed that Kings XI Punjab need to be more hard on themselves when it comes to containing oppositions in Mohali keeping in mind that dewy conditions in the evening.KXIP restricted Mumbai Indians to just 176 on Saturday despite a strong start from openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock. M Ashwin and R Ashwin shone with the ball as the two spinners put the brakes on MI’s scoring rate.”Of course, if you had to be hard, we gave 10 runs more than what we should have because that’s the way we see it and hopefully we can correct all those things going forward. There is due in the ground when the night falls here. So we have to be hard on ourselves,” Ashwin added.Also Read | IPL 2019: Krunal Pandya wins respect after Mankad warning to KXIP’s Mayank AgarwalAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Mayank AgarwalFollow R AshwinFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow IPL 2019 scorecardcenter_img graphs advertisement commentarylast_img read more