It turned out to be an eventful day for the 28-year-old Mayank Agarwal as he brought up his maiden Test hundred, which was also converted into a double ton later on, in his maiden Test at home. He achieved a number of feats with this inning. So let’s have a glance at them.
- This was the first double century by an Indian opener in Tests ever since Virender Sehwag’s 293 against Sri Lanka in 2009/10.
- Mayank also became the fourth Indian to convert his maiden Test hundred into a double ton. Dilip Sardesai, Vinod Kambli, and Karun Nair are the other three. Nair had eventually converted his into a triple century as well.
- The number of innings taken by Mayank to reach his maiden Test hundred (8) is the third quickest for India along with Sunil Gavaskar. Only Karun Nair (four) and Vinod Kambli (three) have achieved it quicker.
- His partnership of 317 runs along with Rohit Sharma is the third highest opening stand for India in Tests after Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid’s 410, and Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy’s 413.
- Mayank’s stand of 317 runs with Rohit is also the highest opening stand for India in Tests against South Africa. The previous best was 218 by Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir in 2004/05.
- Their stand of 317 runs is also the highest partnership for India for any wicket against South Africa. The previous best was 268 by Sehwag and Dravid in 2007/08.