SPORTSLIBRO CRICKET – CRICKET BUZZ – KL RAHUL
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The 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.