IPL news January 24, 2013

Pune Warriors sign Ishwar Pandey

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ishwar Pandey, the Madhya Pradesh bowler who is the leading wicket-taker in this season's Ranji Trophy, has been signed by Pune Warriors ahead of IPL 2013. It is his maiden IPL contract.

"I am happy that my consistent performance has been rewarded. My focus will be to do well for Pune Warriors and cement my place in the playing XI," Pandey said. "For an upcoming cricketer like me, IPL is the kind of exposure that will help me understand the rigours of top-flight cricket."

Pandey, 23, took 48 wickets at an average of 21 in eight matches this season but Madhya Pradesh did not make it past the league stage. He was also picked in the India A team against England and took 1 for 29 in the List A game.

Pandey said he was looking forward to working with former South African fast bowler Allan Donald, who is part of the Pune coaching team. "When you get a chance to interact with someone of Donald's stature, you can't ask for more," he said. "It's an opportunity that every fast bowler looks forward to and I am no exception. Hopefully, once he watches me bowl at the nets, he would tell me the areas where I would need to work upon."

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  • Himanshu on January 25, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    Glad to know he joined my team. We have a good pool of Indian pace bowlers now with Ishwar Pandey joining Bhuvneshwar, Dinda and Nehra.

  • Kan on January 25, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Have to agree with @pull_shot. Ish shouldn't just be learning t20's containment bowling. Hope Allan can teach him original test bowling which team India need desperately

  • Rama Gopal on January 25, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    As an Indian, Its heartening to see young medium pacers performing well in domestic. Working with Donald will definetely improve him as a bowler. Hope his interactions with Donald help him to join Bhuvi and Shami.

    @TeamIndiaForever Dravid is a legend and plz do not bring him in an article not related to him or his franchise.

  • murali on January 25, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    please dont concentrate on learning slow ball and all the best

  • Al on January 25, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    Ishwar Pandey deserves a chance in the Indian Test or ODI team

  • shiju on January 25, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    alan donald would do wonder for pandey, im happy he made it, hope to see him on the indian team someday, gl

  • Vikas on January 25, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    Rahul Dravid= BEST!!! Go Rajastan Royals!!!

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