Manish Pandey had announced his arrival in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in an absolutely stunning and historic manner. The 20-year old in 2009, a relatively unknown Pandey became a household name. He became first Indian centurion in the cash-rich T20 league.
It was a feat that would have made any youngster feel that an India call-up is just around the corner. And Pandey was not an exception either.
However, it was a heartbreak for Pandey as the call-up did not come any time soon. In fact, he received his maiden opportunity to represent India after six years in 2015. Here in Zimbabwe, following a successful domestic season in 2014.
In a recent interview, Pandey opened up on that phase, insisting that he learnt to take disappointments in his own strides.
“I was thinking I would play for India soon,” said Pandey on Tuesday (April 10).
Pandey, who is now part of Sunrisers Hyderabad revealed he has learnt a lot and the open competition has further pushed him to work harder.
“I had a good first-class season also after the IPL and I was too eager to play for India. And when that does not happen, sometimes you get disappointed. But I’ve learnt that this is a part of the game because there’s a lot of competition and everyone’s looking to break in somewhere, somehow,” Pandey expressed.
“For me to realise that, and thereafter putting in that continuous hard work and effort on whatever I did and whatever little things would help me become a better cricketer I started doing, and eventually, I thought I was in a good space. And when I started playing for India, everything came through,” added Pandey who is now a regular in India’s limited-overs side.
After tasting success in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2008, Pandey was signed up by Mumbai Indians.
Pandey shared the dressing room with his childhood hero Sachin Tendulkar. He moving to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kolkata Knight Riders and lastly SRH.
He believes that while the IPL provides a solid platform for the youngsters. But the actual value lies in picking brains of the legends who they share the dressing room with.
Having the experience to feature in the T20 edition, Pandey has played alongside a legend like Sachin Tendulkar.
“The first year of IPL, I was with Mumbai Indians and then if you see Sachin, who I’ve looked up to all my life, you obviously are in awe. I was initially, but I think the mistakes that people make is not being able to talk to the guys they can get something out of,” Pandey remarked.
Moreover, Pandey also sheds light on his appearance in the league.
“Ten years ago, things were different, now they’re different. Now if you were an Under-19 guy who comes in and meets someone like Dhoni, you wouldn’t be as jittery as someone would’ve been 10 years ago,” he said.
Known for as an exciting talent, Pandey expressed the young guns must step up. Eventually adding the rising stars would be equally benefitted by their seniors.
“I think the sooner they get out of it (being awestruck) and try to learn things from the senior guys (it) would be really beneficial because I’ve seen some of the youngsters making this mistake of not being able to communicate with the guys and eventually losing out on their own cricketing sense,” Pandey stated.
On the other side, Manish Pandey remarked the youngsters must communicate with their seniors, in order to improve their game.
“As an advice, the youngsters should come up and start talking and communicating with the guys to know their cricket better which will eventually help them become better cricketers,” he added.