With the build-up to the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 already in the news, team India has begun its preparations for the same. An inexperienced unit, led by regular skipper MS Dhoni embarks on a short limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe, in order to kick start its preparations. The tour in Zimbabwe will consist of three ODI’s and the same number of T20I’s.
For India’s long-term plan, Manish Pandey is a really important individual. It was right here in Zimbabwe last year, where Pandey made a fantastic ODI debut for India by scoring a fine half century. However, Pandey’s moment to savor was definitely his match-winning century against Australia in Sydney earlier this year. Batting at four, Pandey finished off the game, as the Indians chased down a mammoth 330.
“This is again going to be a fresh start. We were there last year around the same time and I made my debut in Zimbabwe. It is good to go back there and share those memories, score some runs for India and do my duty,” said an optimistic Pandey on the sidelines of India’s practice session.
“It was a crucial innings (against Zimbabwe) for me and the team. I got the opportunity and I did justice to that. It was a good start and the right booster for me. Some time has passed since that game in Australia, but the memories and images of that game will stay with me. It is always good to have some confidence in you,” the talented right-hander further added.
Pandey focused on the fact that his primary ambition was to become a regular member of India’s ODI setup. “My goal is to keep performing and make sure that I fit into that Indian XI and become a permanent member of the squad. My goal for the next couple of years is to be a part of the Indian team and to win games for India. I am working hard towards that and I want to achieve that.”