The term talented is often associated with Karnataka and Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Manish Pandey. Pandey has not just performed consistently in the domestic level, but his stats as an IPL batsman have just been too good to ignore. Pandey’s exploits in T20 cricket are known to one and all, and it is this success, which he wants to translate in ODI’s now.
Pandey has played just one ODI for India, against Zimbabwe, where he scored a priceless half century to impress everyone. Thus, when the ODI squad for the tour of Australia was selected, it was absolutely not surprising to find the name of Pandey among the batsmen selected. The selectors went on to axe senior player Raina, in order to accommodate Pandey in the mix.
The aggressive right-hander recently said that he was eager to improve in ODI’s and perform well for India. “Recently, I’ve done well in the one-dayers in domestic cricket,” Pandey said. “For the last couple of years, I’ve started to apply myself more. There might be an image of me playing my strokes and be known as a T20 batsman, but its high time I prove myself in the ODI format as well,” he said.
Before departing for Australia, Indian skipper MS Dhoni hinted that Pandey would be a part of the playing XI, and would bat in the middle order. “One of the youngsters Gurkeerat or Manish Pandey will get to play at either Nos 5, 6 or 7. We have four very good top order batsmen. No. 6 or 7 is the most difficult spot for any batter. In the past, we have tried many people but very few have succeeded in that position,” said Dhoni.