One of the highest paid players during the IPL auctions this year, Manish Pandey, with a sum of INR 11 crores, moved his base from Kolkata to Hyderabad.
Pandey has been an integral part of KKR’s campaign’ in the past seasons. He was instrumental in them clinching the title during the finals of 2014 edition where he scored a match-winning 94 in a high-scoring run chase against Kings XI Punjab.
Karnataka’s premier batsman is freshly coming off an impressive stint with the national side in the recently concluded season at the number five spot.
The first centurion in the IPL of Indian origin is now looking to work with VVS Laxman in the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league.
“It was an inevitable change. I am looking forward to playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad because it is a good team with good people. I think it will be nice to learn something new from a different franchise. I’m looking forward to working with (VVS) Laxman bhai,” stated Manish Pandey while talking to TOI.
Pandey’s case has been one of the most debatable during the recent times, as he was the worst hit with India’s number four experiments of late.
When asked about how continuous changes in the batting order affected his game, Pandey replied,”It is a challenge to adjust and move in that fashion. That said, I will bat at whatever position the team requires me to. I just go out there and do what I’m expected to.”
In the recent six-match ODI series against South Africa, Pandey warmed the benches throughout. Pandey stated he hates sitting out and also had to see a doctor for the same.
“Well, it is tough because you know when you are batting well. Also when you are waiting for your chance you don’t know which game you’ll get a chance. But given the competition in the team, there was nothing I could do. But, sitting out is not something I like,” concluded Manish Pandey.