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Mayank Agarwal breaks plethora of records with his second Test double hundred

Mayank Agarwal fell short of the highest score by an Indian batsman against Bangladesh by just five runs. This is also the fifth highest score by any batsman in the world vs Bangladesh in Tests.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 16, 2019 8:15:47 am
Mayank Agarwal gestures towards the pavilion after scoring a double century during the second day of the 1st Test match between India and Bangladesh (Source: AP)

Indian opener Mayank Agarwal surpassed former Australian cricketer Don Bradman to become the second-fastest to two double Test centuries on Friday. Agarwal reached his second Test double hundred with a maximum off Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan’s bowling in the 99th over of India’s first innings on Day 2 of the first Test at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore.

#1 The 28-year-old took 12 innings to score two double hundreds whereas Bradman took 13. The Karnataka batsman is only behind former Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli on the list. Kambli achieved the record in just five innings.

#2 Agarwal also became the first Indian opener to score a double century against Bangladesh. Only two Indian batsmen have scored double centuries against Bangladesh – Sachin Tendulkar (248*) and Virat Kohli (204).

#3 He scored 243 runs from 330 deliveries including 28 fours and eight sixes before losing his wicket to Mehidy Hasan in the 108th over. He equaled Navjot Singh Sidhu’s record of most sixes in an innings. Sidhu achieved the feat in January 1994 against Sri Lanka.

#4 His 243 is the highest by score by an opener in Test cricket. He went past former South African skipper Graeme Smith’s record of 232. Smith scored his double ton in February 2008.

#5 He fell short of highest score by an Indian batsman against Bangladesh by just five runs. With this splendid knock, he holds the fifth spot on the list of highest score by any batsman in the world.

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