Manish Pandey, the star of IPL 2019
Riding high on the blazing knock by Shane Watson CSK beat SRH when they chased down 176 by 6 wickets a ball before. It was a vintage knock by Australian All-rounder who was struggling to get big scores in IPL 2019.
Before he played a nostalgic inning which reminded us of his century in last IPL final against the same opposition, Manish Pandey resurged himself by playing one of the finest innings of his life. He made an unbeaten 83 off 48 balls including 3 gigantic sixes and 7 fours which helped Hyderabad posting a challenging total of 175-3 in 20 overs.
Manish Pandey wasn’t able to score big since he won the IPL for KKR in 2014. He bagged big amount in IPL auction 2018 when he was bought by SRH in 11 crores. He was a permanent member in playing eleven when he was in KKR but since brought in the Sunrisers camp, he hasn’t been playing well for 2016 IPL champions team. With strong batting line-up consisting the likes of David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Kane Williamson, it was difficult to find his favorite number 3 position.
He has been in and out since last year for the star-studded Hyderabad team. Hyderabad has always been a strong bowling team which has allowed them to experiment with their batsmen spots.
In spite of failures, he fancied his chances in 15 games in last year IPL accumulating only 284 runs at a poor strike rate of 115.44. Before the match in MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai Manish was struggling to middle the ball but when he came into bat against the captain Dhoni’s team he met found balls meeting the middle of his blade. There are very few instances when the present highest run-getter of IPL 2019 plays second fiddle and yesterday was one of those matches. Manish Pandey looked in good touch at the time he reached the crease. He gave a very good momentum to the innings and ensured his team reaches a respectable total.
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With Bairstow has gone and David Warner in the pipeline to go to his respective country, Pandey has a great chance to prove his talent. He has 4 league matches and if SRH makes it to final four then few more matches to justify his talent. He was a member of the Indian team and he played few good innings too but because of inconsistency he lost his place and now lying on verge of losing his hard-earned name.
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