During a recent discussion, the former Indian batsman shared his thoughts on the Sunrisers Hyderabad player who had a disappointing performance in the 2023 Indian Premier League.
In their final league match of the 2023 IPL against the Mumbai Indians, the Sunrisers Hyderabad showcased a strong batting performance. After being asked to bat first by MI captain Rohit Sharma in Mumbai, the opening pair of Mayank Agarwal (83) and Vivrant Sharma (69) formed an impressive 140-run partnership for the first wicket.
Despite the SRH innings stumbling after their dismissals, the team managed to reach the 200-run milestone, scoring exactly that while losing five wickets in the allotted 20 overs.
Mayank had a forgettable season in 2023, scoring only 270 runs in 10 matches. Additionally, his strike rate was poor at 129.33, leading to his exclusion from the side. Interestingly, Mayank was the captain of the Punjab Kings in the previous season but was released by the franchise before the auction. He was acquired by SRH for INR 8.25 crore, and his performance received criticism following another disappointing season where he scored only 196 runs in 13 matches for the Punjab Kings.
However, former Indian star Sanjay Manjrekar believes that there is one move that could rejuvenate Mayank’s career. He expressed his hope that Mayank would have the opportunity to join the CSK camp, emphasizing that he is always a team-first player and an exceptional talent. Manjrekar shared these thoughts with Star Sports after SRH’s innings in the match against MI.
Mayank finally showcased his first and only half-century of the 2023 season in SRH’s last game, smashing eight fours and four sixes in his impressive innings of 83 runs from just 46 deliveries.
In his third appearance of the season, and his first as an opener, left-handed Vivrant Sharma also displayed his skills with strokes on both sides of the pitch. Vivrant hit seven fours and a six, achieving his maiden IPL half-century in the 10th over. SRH comfortably cruised through the first half of the contest, undeterred by the bowlers from MI.