IPL 2022 | Mayank Agarwal is a real team leader, sacrificing his opening spot for Jonny Bairstow, says Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar has praised Mayank Agarwal, saying the Punjab Kings skipper is a ‘true team leader’ as he sacrificed his favorite opening spot for Jonny Bairstow. Manjrekar thinks Mayank should get as much applause as Bairstow after hitting a 29-ball 66 against RCB.

Mayank Agarwal is not having its best season in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. The Punjab Kings (PBKS) skipper, given his lean period, decided to promote Jonny Bairstow as opener in his place. The scheme worked against Bangalore Royal Challengers (RCB) on Friday as Bairstow scored 66 of 29 balls to help his team record a comprehensive 54-point victory. He was later named Player of the Match.

Former Indian cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar credited Mayank for his selfless act. Manjrekar pointed out that Mayank had been a successful opener in IPL in the past. In fact, he appeared to be in supreme touch last season as he opened the sleeves alongside KL Rahul. Considering his sacrifice for the sake of his team, Manjrekar believes Mayank should be called a ‘true team man’.

“Want to see a real team man/leader? Look no further than Mayank Agarwal, sacrificing the opening position he was hugely successful at to give Bairstow the best chance to flourish. So, with Jonny “well done”, let’s also say Bravo Mayank!” tweeted Manjrekar.

With six wins and as many losses, PBKS is currently sixth in the points standings, above Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Bombay Indians (MID). If they win the remaining two matches, they will secure a place in the Playoffs.

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