An opening partnership of 317 between Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma helped India post a mammoth total of 502-7 before South Africa limped to 39-3 at the close of play on Day 2 of the first Test in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.
Mayank (215) turned his maiden Test century into a double becoming just the second batsman in history to score 200 plus in his first innings on Indian soil after Australia’s Dean Jones, who scored 210 in 1986.
Mayank is also the fourth Indian batsman after Karun Nair, Vinod Kambli, and Dilip Sardesai to convert their maiden Test tons into double centuries. Nair smashed 303 against England in 2016, Kambli made 224 against England in 1993 and Sardesai scored 200 not out against New Zealand in 1965.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 2019
Shabash @mayankcricket bhut badiya.. lage raho 200 🏏⭐️
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 3, 2019
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) October 3, 2019
It has been so satisfying to see @mayankcricket take such giant strides with an immaculate double century. Composed, organised and hungry.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 3, 2019
— Mithun Manhas (@MithunManhas) October 3, 2019
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) October 3, 2019
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) October 3, 2019
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 3, 2019
Double Century. Incredible effort. Mayank Agarwal. 👏👏 #IndvSA
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 3, 2019
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) October 3, 2019
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 3, 2019
Mayank surely knows how to make it large.. Another testament to the robustness of the domestic circuit. Absolutely brilliant #INDvsSA
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) October 3, 2019
Bravo @mayankcricket! #200
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 3, 2019
He is one of the most hard working cricketers who has waited very patiently for his turn and now he’s making the most out of it.
Take a bow, Champ. pic.twitter.com/zjxu2FvfL3
— Madhav Sharma (@HashTagCricket) October 3, 2019
Lad from Bishop Cotton gets a test double hundred for India. Coach Ram Das will be brimming with pride. Nodappa namma hudaga #MayankAgarwal 👍👍
— Yusuf Unjhawala 🇮🇳 (@YusufDFI) October 3, 2019
Superb effort from Mayank Agarwal! You toil it away in domestic circuit waiting for such days, dreaming of such days. Excellent knock, Mayank. Make it a habit.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) October 3, 2019