With India facing middle-order troubles, Manish Pandey eyes a permanent spot

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Manish Pandey hasn’t had the most consistent run in team India, even though he has been part of the national team set-up for as long as Virat Kohli. With him turning 29 this year, Pandey doesn’t have a lot of time to make his name in the national colours. Pandey played a brilliant a 79 run innings in the 2nd T20I against South Africa and formed a crucial 98-run stand with the former Indian captain MS Dhoni.

However, after making his international debut in 2015, Manish Pandey hasn’t enjoyed a consistent run of games with the national team and has often found himself sitting on the sidelines. Team India are currently searching for a couple of middle-order batsmen who could be a permanent feature in the team going into the all-important 2019 World Cup next year, and Manish Pandey is happy to have a chance.

Manish Pandey hates the waiting game

As reported by Mid-Day, speaking after his brilliant knock at the Centurion earlier this week, Manish Pandey said, “Honestly, it’s a little tough (waiting for chances) and it works on your mind a lot. Especially on this tour, I have felt it a lot actually but that is what cricket is all about. You have to wait for your chances to play for a team like India where you have so many stars and legend after legend (in the team). So, I am trying my bit there.”

The 28-year-old made his international debut against Zimbabwe in 2015, where he scored 71 runs before notching up a brilliant century in his first ever one-dayer on Australian soil in January 2016 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Apart from the top 3 of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, India is still not fixed on the number 4 and number 5 slots, which is where Manish is looking to find his place over the next year.

“I have got a few chances at number four and I have delivered. So, the batting combination sometimes pushed me down to number five. I have tried my bit (at number five), but I also feel that I could probably do a little bit more with myself,” he explained at the end.

Currently, Manish Pandey and team India are preparing for the 3rd and deciding T20 match at Cape Town against South Africa, which will bring their 2-month long tour to the Rainbow nation to an end. The team will have a short break before they travel to Sri Lanka for a T20 tri-series involving the hosts and Bangladesh.

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