India Tour of England: In a few hours, Virat Kohli led Team India will leave for a nearly four-month-long tour of England including the World Test Championship Final (ICC WTC Final). However, for many, this is a season they will love to stay in India, at least the mango lovers. Mayank Agarwal and Ishant Sharma are two such cricketers who love juicy mangoes that are not readily available in the UK.
In an Instagram story shared by Ishant Sharma, the lanky pacer called Mayank Agarwal his mango partner as the duo was seen relaxing at the hotel in Mumbai during their quarantine period. Ishant Sharma captioned the photo tagging Mayank, “Hello, my mango partner”.
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India Tour of England: On Wednesday evening, Team India will leave for the UK and Ishant Sharma will lead India’s charge against New Zealand in the ICC WTC Final and against England in the five-match Test series. Ishant Sharma will be key to India’s bowling unit as Virat Kohli will aim to use his pace and swing to dismantle Kiwi and English batters in the Tests.
The 32-year-old has shifted his focus to red-ball cricket and has since been India’s go-to pacer in Test cricket. The 6-feet-4-inch-tall cricketer recently played his 100th Test and his experience in England will be crucial. In the last tour of England in 2018, Ishant Sharma bagged 18 wickets in five matches including 5/51.
With ICC WTC Final being the inaugural finale, it is no less than a World Cup final and Ishant Sharma certainly thinks so. During the England series, he likened the ICC WTC Final to World Cup Final.
“I only play one format, so the WTC is like a World Cup for me. If we reach the final and then go on to win it, it will be the same feeling as winning the ICC World Cup,” Ishant said.
However, for Mayank Agarwal, it will be a tough battle as he will aim to get back his place in the Playing XI. He will have to fight for a position with Shubman Gill, who proved his worth in Australia while Mayank failed. He will also compete with his best friend KL Rahul who is in fine form and recovering from an appendicitis surgery. But Mayank Agarwal will have his confidence boosted with a fine run in the IPL 2021.