Returning to the international circuit after being rested for the limited-overs series, it was one of the rare occasions when Indian skipper Virat Kohli failed to shine with the bat. Coming out to the middle after Cheteshwar Pujara's dismissal on Day 2, the 31-year-old was trapped LBW for a duck by Abu Jayed in the ongoing Test between India and Bangladesh.
However, Kohli's dismissal didn't hurt the hosts as opener Mayank Agarwal along with Ajinkya Rahane held the fort, with a 168-run stand between them. Both the batsmen built the foundation for a gigantic lead over Bangladesh.
Agarwal, who is enjoying a spectacular home season, reached the 150-run-mark in style as he smashed Taijul Islam for a boundary on the onside. After completing the milestone, the Indian opener raised his bat, but Kohli indicated that he wanted Agarwal to add another 50 to his tally.
KOHLI: Go for 2⃣0⃣0⃣
AGARWAL: Aye Aye, Captain! 👍
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Kohli signaled from the dressing room, insisting that the opener should continue batting and convert the century into double. The message was welcomed by Agarwal and he responded back with a thumbs-up.
The opener stood up to Kohli's expectations and edged past the 200-run mark by slamming a six off Mehidy Hasan's flighted delivery towards the long-on fence. After completing his second double century in the longest format of the game, Agarwal gestured towards the dressing room and showed two fingers, stating that the job is done.
Kohli, who certainly was overwhelmed with the opener's display, signaled back at the batsman and showed three fingers, asking him to pile another 100 runs to his tally.
However, Agarwal was finally removed by Mehidy Hasan on 243. His innings included 28 fours and eight sixes.
Resuming his innings from an overnight score of 37, Agarwal added another 64 runs during the course of the second day. The batsman was awarded a lifeline during the final session on Day 1 while batting at 32, as Imrul Kayes spilled a sitter off Abu Jayed at first slip.
Virat Kohli signaled from the dugout insisting Mayank Agarwal to continue batting and convert the innings into a double ton. (Screengrab)
Mayank’s temperament in the longer format was perfectly highlighted in the first Test against South Africa when he went on to convert his maiden Test ton into a double, while also emerging as the second-highest run-scorer in the Indian camp.
After electing to bat first, Bangladesh got off to a dreadful start as the visitors could only manage 150 on the board. Mohammed Shami scalped three wickets, while R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav shared two wickets each.