Punjab kings (PBKS) opener Mayank Agarwal played one of the best knocks against table-toppers Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Agarwal’s innings came during his captaincy debut for PBKS after his side’s regular skipper KL Rahul was hospitalised on being diagnosed with acute appendicitis.
The 30-year old smashed 99* runs off just 58 deliveries at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. However, he could not win the game for PBKS as the opposition chased down the target with seven wickets in hand.
Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen appreciated the PBKS stand-in skipper for not letting the nerves affect his performance.
“I think I said in the commentary that captaincy can go one of two ways. You can either deal with it, that weight of expectations that clearly is just thrown straight amongst what you got to do for your team. It can create pressure, you start to worry about your players, your team,” Pietersen said on Star Sports.
‘There is no more question to answer’: KP
The Englishman mentioned that Mayank is a quality player and doesn’t need to question himself on taking Rahul’s place. He added that it was breathtaking to see Agarwal go out and play such a knock.
“He also did not play the previous game and KL Rahul did so well so there has been so much pressure leading into this game. Yes, he has been playing so well and he is a quality player. But sometimes you do question yourself,” he added.
“But I tell you what, he may have questioned himself before the game, but there is no more question to answer. When you go out and play an innings as he has just played here for all of us to see. It is just breathtaking,” he signed off.