Mayank Agarwal becomes first Indian to score 2000+ runs in a season of domestic cricket

During the 2018 Vijay Hazare Trophy Final between Karnataka and Saurashtra, Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal scored a 79-ball 90-run knock and became the first Indian batsman to score over 2000 runs in a single season of Indian domestic cricket. The final match begun on Tuesday (27 Feb), and the toss was won by Saurashtra (captain: Cheteshwar Pujara), who chose to field, sending Karnataka (captain: Karun Nair) to bat first.

While Cheteshwar Pujara captained Saurashtra, Ravindra Jadeja and Jaydev Unadkat also featured for the side. On the other hand, Karnataka saw KL Rahul feature as a wicketkeeper-batsman, but the India opener got out on duck after getting run-out on his 3rd delivery.

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Mayank Agarwal breaks India’s domestic cricket record in 2018 Vijay Hazare Trophy Final

Karnataka opening batsman Mayank Agarwal scored a 90 runs off 79 deliveries, and became the first Indian batsman to cross 2000 runs in a single season of India’s domestic cricket (collectively in all domestic cricket tournaments).

Sachin Tendulkar had the previous best record in List A cricket

On the other hand, accounting for the 2018 Vijay Hazare Trophy alone, Mayank Agarwal scored 700+ runs, becoming the first Indian, again, to do so in a List A cricket tournament. The previous best record was Sachin Tendulkar’s 673 runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup from 2003, which Mayank Agarwal broke with a hefty margin.

BCCI shares Mayank Agarwal’s achievement

The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) shared the 27-year-old Mayank Agarwal’s magnificent feat on their Twitter account, and wrote, “Karnataka’s becomes the first batsman to score over 2000 runs in a single season in Indian domestic cricket.”

The previous high scorers in a single season of India’s domestic cricket were:

  • Shreyas Iyer – 1947 runs in 2015/16 season, Four centuries & 11 half-centuries.
  • Wasim Jaffer – 1907 runs in 2008/09 season, six centuries, nine half-centuries
  • A Sharma – 1894 runs in 1994/95 season, seven centuries & six half-centuries

Mayank Agarwal in India’s domestic season 2017/18

Mayank Agarwal’s scoreline from his last 8 List A cricket matches reads; 90, 81, 140, 89, 102, 28, 84, and 109. That is three breathtaking centuries and four half-centuries.

Ranji Trophy – 1,160 runs at a strike rate of 105.45 (five centuries)

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy – 258 runs at a strike rate of 145.

Vijay Hazare Trophy – 700 runs at a strike rate of 100 (three centuries)

Here is Karnataka’s scoreline from the Vijay Hazare Trophy final:

Vijay hazare trophy final. Courtesy - BCCI