Mayank Agarwal is an Indian cricketer born on 16 February 1991 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. He is an aggressive right-handed opening batsman who plays first-class cricket for Karnataka. He is more popular in the T20 format rather than in List A or First-Class Cricket.
Agarwal is a student of the Bishop Cotton Boys' School and fashioned his style of batting on Virender Sehwag and became prolific opening batsman since his Under-13 game for his school side.
Later he joined Jain University and represented it in many matches. In the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy in 2008-09, he played five matches and scored a total of 432 runs at an average of 54.
Agarwal’s excellent play in college games earned him a place in Karnataka's T20 squad in which he made debut against Goa in 2010 and had a great start by scoring a fifty on debut. Later, he was called up for List A and first-class matches in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
On 7 November 2013, he made his first-class debut for Karnataka in the 2013-14 season of Ranji Trophy against Jharkhand. Playing as an opening batsman, he began very well scoring 90 off 144 balls.
He earned an Indian Premier League contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011 but was not given a chance in many games that season. In the following season, he played all the matches and scored his career-best score in IPL with 64 runs, coming off just 30 balls.
Rise to Glory
He came to fame with his excellent performances in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy in 2008-09 and he was the leading run-scorer for India in 2010 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
He scored his maiden triple century in first-class cricket in November 2017, where he scored 304 not out against Maharashtra in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy. He also scored 1,000 runs in first-class cricket in the same month.
He started his IPL career by joining Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011 and spent three years with the same team till 2013, scoring 492 runs in 35 matches.
Due to lack of form, he was in and out of the side in 2013, before moving to Delhi Daredevils for IPL-7 in 2014. His stint with Daredevils was fairly muted in his first two seasons.
During the 2018 IPL auctions in Bangalore, he was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs. 1 crore. He had a base price of Rs. 20 lakhs. His previous teams, RCB and DD battled with KXIP at the auction, with RCB giving up at Rs. 95 lakhs.
In 2010, he won the Man of the Series award in the Karnataka Premier League. He was the leading run-scorer in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy, finishing the tournament with 1,160 runs.