India domestic news November 27, 2011

Manish Pandey in doubt for Ranji season after hernia operation

ESPNcricinfo staff

Manish Pandey, the Karnataka batsman, could miss the rest of the Ranji Trophy season after undergoing a hernia operation in Bangalore. Pandey scored his second first-class double-century in Karnataka's third-round match against Mumbai at the Brabourne Stadium but felt pain during the innings, as well as while fielding later in the drawn match. He consulted doctors on his return to Bangalore, was advised an immediate hernia surgery and will now need four to six weeks of rest.

"It's really unfortunate," Karnataka's chairman of selectors J Abhiram told Deccan Herald. "He was in great form and was being noticed by everyone. The injury couldn't have come at a worse time."

Pandey was the fifth highest run-getter in last year's Ranji Trophy, with 629 runs from eight matches including two centuries. He was prolific during the Duleep Trophy too, scoring 329 runs in three innings, including his maiden first-class double-hundred.

Karun Nair, a 19-year-old batsman yet to make his first-class debut, will be Pandey's replacement for Karnataka's next match, against Saurashtra from November 29. Nair has been picked on the back of a century for KSCA Colts XI against Rajasthan Cricket Association XI in the Shafi Darashah Tournament in July- August 2011. "Karun has been in fine form this year, and so we decided to give him the opportunity," Abhiram said. "We also discussed Lokesh Rahul and Kunal Kapoor and I am sure they will get their chances too in the near future."

Ganesh Satish, the midde-order batsman, will captain Karnataka against Saurashtra in the absence of R Vinay Kumar, who has been selected for India's ODI series against West Indies.

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  • Jayaesh on November 28, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Fully agree with you NRI Manish Pandey when he was in sublime touch scoring 200 n.o against Mumbai n was attracting the interest of the selectors big time,let's pray he recovers in 4 weeks n with Karnatka making the knockout stages of Ranji he has further chances to impress.......Rahane,Parthiv n Manoj.Tiwari batting is not all suited to shorter formats of the game....

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    Karnataka will miss him badly. He was highest run getter in Ranji last year and was on the way this year too... Sad... Get well soon, India waiting...

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    I wanted him to make his India debut soon. Very very unlucky as he was in such a fine touch.

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    wrong time he need to prove

  • Anny on November 27, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    get well soon pandey :) karnataka needs you :)

  • Vinay on November 27, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    So sad that Pandey was not given a chance against England whilst joker Parthiv Patel was played as a BATSMAN!!! Hopefully he will break into the Indian ODI side in 2012, Sachin is forever RESTING from ODIs and Dravid & Laxman are out of them entirely. Even amongst wicketkeepers, each of Dhoni, Karthik & Saha...all bat better than Parthiv.

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    tooo bad he is a fantastic player....i hope he will come back soon

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