It was two years ago, during the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, that India opener Mayank Agarwal made his Test debut.

Two years later, he will once again be walking down the MCG pitch to open the innings for India in the second Test on Saturday.

Looking back at the memory from 2018, Agarwal shared a post saying that it is a memory he will cherish forever.

“26 -12 – 2018: For a kid, who always harboured dreams of representing his country, I had a lot of emotions running through my mind after receiving the test cap. The memory of walking out to bat at the MCG hasn’t sunk in yet. A memory I’ll cherish forever!,” Mayank Agarwal shared on Twitter.

Agarwal had a successful debut as he scored 76 and 42 in the match that India went on to win by 137 runs.

Since then he has become a mainstay for India in the Test format and last week became the third-fastest Indian after Vinod Kambli and Cheteshwar Pujara to reach 1,000 Test runs. He achieved the feat in only 12 matches.

Mayank Agarwal has shown the ability to play the long innings in his short Test career thus far. The 29-year old has converted two of his three hundreds in Test cricket into double centuries, including a highest score of 243 runs.

India announce squad for Boxing Day Test

India on Friday announced their playing XI for the second Test, starting on Saturday.

The BCCI have granted much-awaited Test debut to the young Shubman Gill while Mohammed Siraj has been rewarded for his patience, determination, and form.

The 21-year-old Gill replaces Prithvi Shaw who, with scores of 0 and 4 in the Pink Ball Test, failed to keep his place in the playing XI. Siraj has been brought in to replace Mohammed Shami, who has been ruled out of the entire Test series due to an injury.

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