Manish Pandey, speaking about his team being phased out of the Indian team after a string of poor performances, said he knew other better performers deserved a chance over him. He talked about his future plans and a possible return to the national team.
Manish Pandey has had a tough two years in his professional life, missing out on the Indian squad in both ODIs and T20Is, followed by disappointing performances in the competition. Indian Premier League and internal circuit. He last represented the Men in Blue in an ODI against Sri Lanka in July last year, marking nearly four years short of a half-century in the format on the international stage. In a recent interview with Sportskeeda, the 33-year-old admitted that given the rise of talent as a player, he should have been dropped. Sanju Samsonalthough he was underplayed in his preferred number three position.
“I guess individually I would have been a bit sad about it. But I’m sure whatever the Indian team called, whoever played a certain number of games, I was happy for them. Sanju was batting well, so I thought. He should have got a game now and he did. There was no there were no hard feelings. But on the personal front, I obviously would have liked to play more games and prove myself at the highest level. But unfortunately that didn’t happen. Maybe. Let’s see what happens next,” admitted Pandey.
Pandey recently suffered another blow when he was dropped by Lucknow Super Giants for the next season of IPL without prior communication. However, the batsman remained upbeat given his vast experience in over 600 professional games.
“Even with the Indian team, I have experienced this situation because there were many times when I didn’t play many games and sat on the sidelines. Actually, you feel a little sad about it, but it’s all about the spirit of the game where the team demands something and then you have to follow it. That’s why I “I’ve been in situations like this before and I think I shouldn’t let it all affect me and ultimately my game. I just want to be in the moment. If I get a chance, I want to play well and score goals and see how it goes from there.”
Pandey is currently plying his trade Vijay Hazare Trophy Scored 226 runs in seven games for Karnataka at an average of 37.66, including a half-century against Assam. However, his return to the national team seems highly likely at the moment, especially given the talent pool the team has built up on its way to the number one T20I ranking in recent years.
“Unfortunately we didn’t win the World Cup this time. But we had a strong squad. A lot depends on me coming in. Again, there will be a whole cycle – there will be a lot of people who will perform in the IPL. Come on and we will have to build teams around that. If we look at the top 20 or the top 25, we have a really solid side and we are still No. 1,” Pandey concluded.
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