SYDNEY – Cheteshwar Pujara grabbed the headlines on Thursday with his third century of the series against Australia, but Mayank Agarwal’s innings of 77 was another bright spot for India on a day when pretty much everything went right for the tourists.
India are riding high at number one on the world Test rankings, and on the evidence of day one at the Sydney Cricket Ground, look set to win a first Test series in Australia.
But the opening partnership has been a problematic area.
Teenager Prithvi Shaw pretty much nailed down one opening spot with his Player of the Series effort against West Indies in October, but suffered the misfortune of a serious ankle injury in the warm-up match for this series.
Agarwal, a mainstay of the Karnataka and India A sides, was called up for his debut after India lost the second Test in Perth, and made the most of his chance with innings of 76 and 42 as the tourists crushed Australia in Melbourne.