If you are looking for style then Abhinav Mukund is not your man. He is about substance. The left-hand opening batsman has earned his Test selection by sheer weight of runs. Last season, he scored 1211 runs in first-class cricket with five hundreds, and in 40 first-class games, he has scored 3446 runs at an impressive average of 59.41.
"I had a very good domestic season this year and am happy to be rewarded for that. I went through a bad patch in 2009 and before the start of the new season I was determined to score as many runs as possible. It was not an easy job though. I had to change my approach towards the game and I'm thankful to all who stood by me during the bad phase," the 21-year-old said.
He keeps up the rich tradition of opening batsmen from Tamil Nadu. In his first season in local cricket, he was labelled the next S Ramesh. In his debut first-class season, he made three hundreds apart from a knock of 96.
WV Raman, under whom he has played a lot of his senior cricket, said, "He's been churning out runs from the time he made his Ranji debut. It is always worth investing in a youngster. His strength is his self-confidence and the appetite for big runs."