The elegant Nainital born player has finally established himself in the Indian national team. His classical batting style combined with his ability to innovate when needed is what makes him stand out. Given his impressive start to life in cricket, big things were expected of him.
But injuries and dip in form meant that he didn’t get too many chances, but that never affected him. After a U-19 World Cup victory under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, he went back to the domestic circuit and continued to prove his worth.
When his chance came, he grabbed it with both hands and now is a solid and reliable middle-order batsman. A journey that has had its ups and downs but one with a definite happy ending.
|Date of Birth||10 September 1989|
|Height||5 feet 8 inches|
|Playing Role||Right-hand batsman|
An elegant batsman, Manish Pandey has been churning out runs for the Karnataka Ranji team since the 2009-10 season. That year he ended the season as the highest run-getter with 882. This included five half-centuries and four centuries. His performances almost won them the trophy, narrowly missing out as they lost to Mumbai by 6 runs in the final.
|Format||Matches||Innings||Runs||Highest score||Average||Strike Rate||100||200||50||4s||6s|
Having made his international debut in the 2015 ODI series against Zimbabwe, the sheer quality in the Indian batting line up saw him miss out on chances for quite a while. However, when given chances in the team, he has proved to be fairly consistent. Here are a few examples -
With KL Rahul being trusted with wicketkeeping in early 2020, Pandey has been brought into the side. He will be looking to continue his good form and keep his place in the team.
Pandey was picked up by Mumbai Indians in the inaugural season. However, he couldn’t deliver and was eventually released. RCB picked him up in the next season and here is where he really put his ability on full display. Since then he has played every season of the tournament so far, becoming a seasoned veteran. Here are some of his most impressive performances in the past -
Now retained by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for a cool 11 crores, a lot of expectations are riding on him during the 2020 season.
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