Mayank Aggarwal
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Mayank made his Test debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the 2018-19 series against Australia.


29-year old Mayank Aggarwal reveals how difficult it was for him to make debut for India. He also reveals how Rahul Dravid helped him. During in live chat session with Sanjay Manjrekar on ESPN Cricinfo,

“I was getting runs you know. I got massive runs in that Ranji Trophy season and for India A. I did have a word with Rahul bhai. I told him I was getting thoughts of sometimes not getting picked.”

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Mayank Agarwal, who made a place in the Indian team after a long wait, said that,

“I very clearly remember him telling me ‘Mayank these are the things that are in your hands. You have worked hard, you have gotten here. You are as close as you can get. Selection is not in your hands. And I totally agreed with him. Theoretically you understand that but practically it’s not easy.”

Harm from playing with negative thinking

Rahul Dravid
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Mayank Aggarwal reveals how Rahul Dravid helped him to come out of the negative thoughts. He added,

“But he put forth few things – ‘What is to say that the coming October and November is not going to be different from September. If you think otherwise you will get into a negative mind frame it’s you who is going to lose out and nobody else’. So I remembered that talk and that kept me going.


When I got the call I was elated and I called him up and thanked him.”

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The 29 year old Mayank Aggarwal made his debut in international cricket in 2018. He has played 11 Tests and 3 ODIs so far. He has 974 runs in 11 international tests, with 3 centuries and 4 half-centuries. While there are 36 runs in 3 ODIs.