India news February 3, 2016

Pandey hopes to build on Sydney gains

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Manish Pandey: "I want to take my Australia experience forward to the my next innings, try to play the same way." © AFP

Manish Pandey, whose maiden ODI century in Sydney lifted India to the highest successful chase against Australia in Australia, has said that he is keen to build on the gains made in the series. His unbeaten 104 helped India chase down 331 in the last game of the five-match series, preventing a 5-0 series sweep for Australia.

"Getting a hundred at the international level is always a big achievement and it was my first one. So somewhere I have an idea [of what I have done]. Looking at the bigger picture, I would say it is a very good start to my international career," Pandey told PTI. "I want to take my Australia experience forward to my next innings, try to play the same way. But yes, what I did in Australia will be definitely act as a confidence booster for me."

Pandey was part of India Under-19s' title-winning campaign in 2008. The next year he became the first Indian to hit a century in the Indian Premier League, in a must-win game for his team. He has also been a consistent performer for his state side, Karnataka. Pandey got his maiden call-up to the India squad for a one-off T20 international against West Indies in 2014. The visiting side, however, abandoned their tour midway because of a payment structure dispute between the players, the WICB, and the West Indies Players' Association.

Pandey was then part of a second-string India squad to Zimbabwe in July 2015, where he made 71 on debut. In Australia, he managed only six runs in the second ODI in Brisbane, and was left out for the subsequent two matches, but stepped up in Sydney to help India clinch a thriller. Pandey, though, said that he will not rest on the Sydney hundred and will look to step up further.

"I have waited for long [to play for India] and I finally I got the opportunity I was looking for in the last one-dayer. That is how I normally bat. I wanted to make full use of the opportunity and I think I did. So job well done but I won't be banking on this performance in the games to come.

"It was a long wait but I was not thinking about it to be honest. It was all about making full use of the chances I got in the middle. I thought I was ready as I had good runs behind me and a lot of experience with regards to first-class cricket. And that is what Ravi (Shastri) sir told me there. Mahi (Dhoni) was also very supportive."

Pandey was not picked in the squad for the Australia T20s, but has made his way into the squad for the three-match T20 series at home against Sri Lanka, and is also in the selection mix for the World T20, beginning March 8.

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  • Oldtimer01 on February 5, 2016, 7:46 GMT

    @Alexk400 - what do you mean rohit has been selected only because of the mumbai cabal? Are you aware that rahane, another mumbai player, has been often shifted up and down the order to accommodate rohit? Or that kedar jadhav, a very good lower order batsman had inexplicably not been selected inspite of a phenomenal run in domestic cricket and doing very well in the few internationals he has played? Rohit has been given so many chances because of dhoni's support (an example of how dhoni favours certain players, others being dhawan, jadeja etc).

  • CricketItihas on February 5, 2016, 7:14 GMT

    Both Pandey and Rahane should make it to the world T20 team as Yuvraj is no more quick mover in the field and India cant afford too many slow fielders. India should also pick a leg spinner who can bat. Praveen Kumar is a better option than B.Kumar. Team - Rohit, Shikar, Rahane, Pandey, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, KarnSharma/ShreyasGopal, Bumrah, Nehra, PraveenKumar, Rishi, Pandya.

  • Oldtimer01 on February 5, 2016, 3:28 GMT

    It is shameful the way Rahane is constantly under-rated, often criticised by dhoni in public and has his place questioned in the side, inspite of being the most consistent and dependable player over the past few years, especially on fast pitches and against quality pace attacks - where ironically most flat pitch bullies fail. We do appreciate Pandey's knock but remember that this was one performance, and people are immediately stating that rahane has no place in the team (except as a back-up opener, ironically for dhawan, who has been in the team only with dhoni's support and one off decent scores) and demanding that rahane be dropped in favour of pandey/ raina/ anyone else.

  • vivekjha25 on February 4, 2016, 22:27 GMT

    as good as he is, with dhoni's game in decline, would you play him or raina in your team. as bad as people think raina is, he has been instrumental throughout his career. those quick 30s and 40s have won India a lot of matches, along with his more than useful bowling. its just a tough call but to balance the one day side I'd consider shuffling him with Rahane at 4 and have raina at 5

  • Alexk400 on February 4, 2016, 21:42 GMT

    he will not be picked if he do not score century in his next inning. His name is not rohit sharma or mumbai cabal backing him up like for rohit sharma.

    gurkeerat and rishi dhawan should find another profession. Their life as indian international cricketer is over. Unless they can bat in ranji trophy for few 300 score.

  • sunilvaidya on February 4, 2016, 21:02 GMT

    tanstella87....msd no longer plays in tests...and captain virat has preferred jadeja over mishra in all tests against SA....

  •   Abhijeet Kushe on February 4, 2016, 19:08 GMT

    Play Pandey in the side for the Srilanka series instead of Rahane as Kohli is rested.Rahane unfortunately can only play if one of the openers gets hurt

  • Raj Kothari on February 4, 2016, 18:57 GMT

    Manish Pandey has provided a good option for us. It is possible to accomodate both rahane and pandey in same team. Team composition can be Rohit,dhawan/rahane,virat,rahane,pandey,raina,dhoni,and then the other 4 spots for bowling spots.

  • Texmex on February 4, 2016, 18:27 GMT

    This guy is a solid No. 4. Hope he gets a decent run at that spot then he can become a Kohli. But Dhoni with his ideas of having people who can bowl will probably play both Yuvi and Raina. Hope Shastri can prevail

  • SRAM20 on February 4, 2016, 17:57 GMT

    I would say, keep Rahane in the team as a backup opener in case Dhawan fails or either of Rohit-Dhawan get injured. But the only chance for Rahane to play T20 is to replace one of the openers. Pandey needs to be brought into the T20 side to keep Raina and Yuvraj on their toes. Pandey is a brilliant fielder and can change gears effortlessly.

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