As we all know that team management has picked up KL Rahul ahead of Manish Pandey in the ongoing Sri Lanka tour and the middle order batsman Manish Pandey said that it will be great fun to watch KL Rahul bat



Manish pandey as we all know is one of the most talented youngsters as far as the future of Indian Cricket is concerned, and Manish Pandey has proven himself at every point of time whenever given a chance to perform


KL Rahul deliver his shots in such a fascinating manner that it becomes difficult for the bowlers to read up his mind and bowl him accordingly so that KL Rahul can be restricted from playing up his shots



 "That's where I bat, the middle-order. That's somewhere I have been batting for a long time. But if the team thinks somebody else can do that role really well...KL Rahul has been batting really well in the Tests, I would love to see that happen."


"Whatever the management decides on the batting order, we abide by that," Manish Pandey added.


Manish Pandey has had an erratic run in the international cricket so far. He has been in contention for a while now and even scored a maiden ODI hundred against Australia in Sydney in January 2016. But a dismal performance against New Zealand at home in October last year saw him being dropped from the playing XI.


"The game I played in Australia, I batted no.4. That's where I normally bat, and that's where I know how many overs I have to play. That's where I have batted my entire career.


"Batting at no.5 or no.6 was a bit new for me during the New Zealand series, and I think it took me sometime to get used to that situation with only 15-odd overs left in the game. You can't settle in from that position," said Manish Pandey.


"You just need to go out and go at everything from ball one. I think I have adapted to that situation well. Let's see how it goes."


The 27-year-old has been part of the selectors' plans throughout and was even named in the original 15-member squad for the Champions Trophy in England. Unfortunately, he got injured and missed the bus.


"Talking about the injury, I think that was a really sad. I missed two IPL games and the Champions Trophy. Nevertheless, my physios gave me a six-week rest and I am just happy to come back and play the India 'A' series. To win that series was really important for me. I am pretty happy with the way I batted. I am just trying to keep up the form.


"IPL was going good for me -- 10 games, about 400 runs --and then I missed those crucial two games. But it's part of the game, that's what you do (wait for your chance) and I've played the waiting game really well so far," said Manish Pandey.


He has been focused on fighting off injuries and staying fit so that any further opportunities don't go a-begging. He was a part of the India A tour to South Africa and his sparkling form there helped him get back to the senior side.


"Honestly, I have waited a long time to come to the Indian side as I'm used to it now. Sometimes, when you are not in form, it doesn't really hurt as much as when you're doing well and suddenly get injured. But I think you take it in your stride and that's the time when you get to learn what the weak part of your body is and where you have to work.


"I had enough time, about six weeks, to work on myself and do a couple of things I had to do. It was good for me in a way but obviously a little disappointed about the time it happened. But it's always good to come back. I had a good India A series, and the team did really well. So, I'm pretty happy," insisted Pandey.


Stressing the importance on fitness, Pandey said: "It's really important for all of us to be fit. We spoke about it an hour ago today and everyone is really happy with this.


"The senior most guy in the side MS Dhoni to the youngest Kuldeep Yadav is okay with it and they are comfortable with the idea. Being fit does give me an advantage (on the field). One more thing is that I should never be satisfied with this. I should just keep working hard on it (fitness)," he said.


There are a few youngsters in this current Indian set-up who have flown in straight from South Africa, and are trying to adjust quickly to the conditions.


"I had a decent break, about 5-6 days at home. This is almost like India, the timings are the same. A couple of days, it was a little difficult for me (when I returned from South Africa) but now it's all good, just that the temperature is a little warmer. We all have played in these conditions before and we're all raring to go," said Pandey.


"It's a completely different format but I think what advantage we have is that we have whitewashed Sri Lanka (3-0) in the Test series and they might be a little down (in terms of confidence). But we have to keep playing well and do our basics right. If we do that we will probably have a good one-day series too," he signed off.




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RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2


RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55


RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75