Manish Pandey is an excellent Indian cricketer, who shows great promise as a batsman and there are plenty of IPL records made by the 28-year-old to prove his mettle. However, Pandey has found himself in a dilemma in India’s batting order, where he takes a step forward, and two backwards. No, there is nothing wrong with his footwork, but whenever Pandey performs well in a fixture, it is always followed by a dip in form.
Manish Pandey also said that he was struggling to find the perfect spot in India’s batting line-up.
Team India is full of legends, and Manish Pandey is being patient
Speaking about the troublesome situation Manish Pandey has been finding himself in since the past decade, the Karnataka batsman said,
“Honestly, it’s a little tough and it works on your mind a lot. Especially on this tour I have felt it a lot actually. I had to see a doctor also because of that, but that was cricket is all about. You have to wait [for] your chances, especially to play for a team like India when you have so many stars and legends after legends. You have to be patient, and I am trying my bit there.”
Was waiting to play at Centurion
What is interesting to note about Manish Pandey’s thunderous knock in the 2nd T20I in Centurion, is that it was the site of the batsman’s Indian Premier League century, which he had scored for Royal Challengers Bangalore. After having scored a knock of 79 runs off 48 balls at a strike rate of 164, which included six boundaries and three sixes, Manish Pandey said,
“Yeah I was waiting to play here. Even in the ODIs I was trying to squeeze my chances in, but that didn’t happen. But in the T20s, it has been good, and Centurion has always been good to me. I still remember the hundred I got here about nine-ten years ago.”
Manish Pandey can deliver more in top-order
Manish Pandey has faced another dilemma in India ODIs, as his career has been full of situations when the top-three batsmen have always not left room for Pandey to face too many balls, and in rare cases when the batsman does get a chance, he has failed to prove himself as an indispensable asset to the Men in Blue. Manish Pandey explained and said, as reported by ESPN cricinfo,
“Because I bat No. 5 most of the time, I got a few chances at No. 4 and I have delivered so the batting combination sometimes pushes me down to No. 5. I have tried my bit, but I also feel that I could also probably do a little bit more with myself, but as you know that India has a really good top line-up and the top three finish batting 30-35 overs with the guys like Virat [Kohli], and with Mahi [MS Dhoni] coming ahead of me. But yeah, it will be… some more chances, and I wish I could deliver more. And I feel I can deliver a lot more than what I am doing right now.”
Batting at No.5 is challenging
“It is tough playing for India at No. 5. The people who have batted at No. 5 before me, guys like [Suresh] Raina, Yuvi [Yuvraj Singh], to fill in their shoes is a little tough but it has been a couple of years until now that the Indian batting line-up is doing really well.”