Enduring a rough patch in the past few months and not finding a spot in the India squad for the Bangladesh Test series, Mayank Agarwal has now decided to shift his complete focus to the Ranji Trophy 2022-23. Karnataka has a new captain in Mayank as he is set to lead the team and is all geared for the new season.
Mayank Agarwal has opined that he is not focusing much on a Test comeback but is on the lookout to emulate the Ranji season he had in 2017-18, when he amassed 1160 runs in 13 innings and managed to become the leading run-scorers.
Describing the same during a conversation with ESPNCricinfo, Mayank Agarwal said, “I’ve been working on emulating what I did in 2017-18 when I had that good season. I’ve gone back a little bit, looked at those videos, gone through those game plans and worked around that. For me, that result or the end goal will take care of itself.”
He further added, “I want to look at my processes, areas I need to improve on and what I need to do to keep performing the way I was doing. And I back myself to deliver those performances.”
The new skipper of the Karnataka side further stated that he is backing the youngsters to perform and that the side is hungry to compete for the titles this season.
Elaborating the same, Mayank Agarwal said, “I want to encourage them (youngsters), because they’ve put in performances. The environment we want to create in the team is one of wanting to win trophies, and we’re hungry for it. We’ve spoken of the legacy (of Karnataka cricket) and realized if we keep thinking of winning, winning, and winning all the time, it’s not going to happen. If we can do that, with the skillsets we have, the results will take care of themselves.”