Karnataka’s Mayank Agarwal became the highest scorer of the ongoing Ranji Trophy season, when he smashed his fifth century in the last four matches in a Group A tie against Railways in Delhi on Monday. He scored an unbeaten 104 at the Karnail Singh Stadium.
With this century, he has scored 1003 runs in just 27 days, and became the only Karnataka cricketer to score five consecutive centuries in the Ranji Trophy. This season, Karnataka has registered three outright wins, and remained unbeaten in the rest of their matches. While the team has performed well as a unit, the individual form of players like Agarwal has been a big factor in Karnataka’s excellent form this season.
173, 104* versus Railways
90, 133* versus Uttar Pradesh
176, 23 versus Delhi
304* versus Maharashtra
0, 0 versus Hyderabad
31 versus Assam
Agarwal’s latest centuries against Railways in Delhi had helped his side gain an overall lead of 309 runs in the match. After a fluent 173 in the first innings, Agarwal followed it up with an unbeaten 104 in the second innings. His season started slow, scoring just 31 runs in three innings against Assam and Hyderabad. However, his average has shot up to 147 since those games, and his performances include an unbeaten triple century against Maharashtra as well.
The right-handed batsman has swiftly become Karnataka’s most important batsman this season. In taking charge of the batting order, he has even cemented a place ahead of Indian team players KL Rahul and Manish Pandey, who have not consistently been a part of the side this season.