Manish Pandey, on Tuesday (April 10), said that he is feeling good to be a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad. The right-handed batsman plied his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders in the last four seasons and had enjoyed a fairly successful stint.
In 2014, he had played an integral role in guiding the team to the coveted title.
Throughout his stint with Knight Riders, Pandey proved to be the backbone of their middle order.
However, the franchise surprisingly decided not to retain him this time around. But Pandey has moved on and seemed delighted to have joined his current team.
“It feels nice to be a part of this team. So far the experience has been really good. The support staff to start with, and the owners and the players, everyone are coming together and trying to create a great atmosphere for all the guys coming in. I think it’s one of the better teams in the IPL in terms of players and the franchise itself,” he said on Tuesday.
Pandey further said that the team’s middle-order is solid due to the presence of players like him, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda and others.
“The middle order is every team’s go-to option sometimes when the top order fails. We have me, Yusuf Bhai (Pathan) and (Deepak) Hooda coming in and we have one of the better middle orders in the tournament,” Pandey said.
Pandey revealed head coach Tom Moody is happy with the way boys have put their hands up for the task.
“I think it’s as important as any of the roles given to all the XI guys. I’m happy and safe in the place that I am in right now. We (Tom Moody and him) had a chat about him being very happy with the Indian middle-order that we got this time to back the heavy top order,” he maintained.
Pertinently, Pandey is hopeful that players are capable of delivering results while looking at the balanced squad.
I feel good and comfortable with these guys here and knowing we have a good top order and backed up with a very good middle order to finish games for us,” he said.
Pandey went on to say that dedication, teamwork and enjoying each other’s success, are the keys if the team is to win the title this year.
“I think what they do different is no matter what, they put in the hard work, even in the practice matches, even in the practice sessions that we have, the smallest of details, even in our training sessions, and everyone being very professional. If some team does that on a consistent basis, it helps them to become a champion someday. It’s a matter of time,” Pandey asserted.
Manish Pandey also opened up on the differences between Knight Riders and Sunrisers.
“As I said, working hard as a team, as a group and understanding each other’s role and enjoying each other’s success is very important for a champion side,” Pandey opined.
Meanwhile, the Sunrisers started their tournament with a bang. They defeated Rajasthan Royals by nine wickets in their season-opener.