Manish Pandey has been selected in the One day International squad against Australia and he would want to make every opportunity count to make into the World T20 squad.
“Obviously, it is a dream of any cricketer to play in the World Cup. I want to use every opportunity that I get and make a case for myself for selection in the Indian team for the World T20. I have had a decent record in the IPL,” Pandey told PTI during an interaction after he replaced Suresh Raina in the Indian team for the five-match ODI series Down Under.
“I think my previous tours to Australia will be very helpful as I have an idea about the wickets and the conditions. Also when India A went to Australia for a limited overs competition, we won the tournament. I also had a good tournament. I love playing on the bouncy pitches,” 26-year-old Bangalorean said.
“I was a bit hurt as we were two-time champions in both Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy. So there was a bit of disappointment but this news of making it to the Indian team makes me feel a bit happy,” the ‘veteran’ of 75 first-class matches said.
“Zimbabwe tour went well for me, I had a good performance on my debut. So the expectation that I would be in the mix was always there. If you do well in an international match, it always adds to the confidence. I never looked at it as a stop gap opportunity. It never crossed my mind that whether I will get an opportunity when the rested players come back,” he added.
Manish Pandey scored 71 in his debut match against Zimbabwe and this has done him a wonder of good for the Australian tour.
“There isn’t any particular person that I look for guidance. I generally speak to seniors but after all these years, I have an idea about my own game. I know my strengths better and how to cope in different situations,” concluded Pandey.