Manish Pandey Sets His Goal To Play For India Again
Manish Pandey is focusing on his international comeback. He believes that the consistent performances and proper fitness can help him to make his comeback in the Indian national cricket team.
The 29-year-old Manish Pandey is currently leading the India A side in the ongoing Caribbean tour. India A is currently busy in the five-match unofficial ODI series against Windies A, and they are leading this series by 3-0 after the first three unofficial ODIs.
In recent times, Manish Pandey has shown some good consistency with the bat. Talking about his top moments in recent times, Pandey mentioned his unbeaten 83-run knock against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2019. In that game, the right-handed batsman came to bat at no.3 and played a remarkable innings.
Pandey told bcci.tv, “When I came out to bat a number 3 against Chennai (CSK) in the first match itself I got a fifty, that was one definite, the best moment for me this season because from there on everything clicked for me. That was the game that brought me back into the run-getting phase and that was really important.”
In the IPL 2019, Pandey was the third most run-scorer for his team Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The right-handed batsman scored 344 runs in 11 innings with an average of 43.00. He hit three half-centuries in the IPL 2019.
The one thing I want to work on is scoring runs – Manish Pandey
In ongoing India A tour in Windies, Manish Pandey is the second most runs-scorer. He has scored 131 runs in three innings (average 43.66) in the ongoing unofficial ODI series against Windies A.
In the third match of this series, Pandey played an impressive captain’s knock of 100 runs off 87 balls. His batting helped India A to win that game by the large margin of 148 runs and secure that series.
Pandey added, “I have come here to the India A side. I have led this side for a couple of years now and I think we have always done well, we have always emerged champions and its because of the quality of cricket we all play and the routines we follow.
“The one thing I want to work on is scoring runs and I think that’s the only way anybody can come into the side again. I had a decent IPL and if I back it up with a good India A performance against West Indies A it will be really important and helpful for me.”
Manish Pandey has played his last ODI in last September against Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2018. However, his last T20I was in last November during the home T20I series against Windies. Since his international debut in 2015, Pandey has played 23 ODIs and 28 T20Is. In his international career, the right-handed batsman has scored 440 ODI runs (average 36.66) and 538 T20I runs (average 41.38).
During this interaction, Pandey has also revealed his top three immediate goals. These goals are scoring as many runs as possible, focusing on the fitness and making a comeback in the Indian team.
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