Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has stated that Manish Pandey missed a great opportunity to showcase his skills internationally in the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Manish Pandey managed just 74 runs in the three games against the Lanker with an average of 24.67 and a hit rate of 82.22. The 31-year-old scored 26, 37 and 11 in the three games against Sri Lanka.
According to Chopra, Manish Pandey in particular should be disappointed with his dismissal in the first match. India had a relatively easy target of 263 and cruised to victory. However, Manish Pandey fell to 26 out of 40, with India’s score at 215.
On his YouTube channel, Chopra said that the path could be a difficult one for Manish Pandey, considering the other teens on the team took their chances. He stated:
“Manish Pandey will be very upset. Not through the third ODI. In this match he came back after the rain break, lost focus and played a bad shot to get out. It was a good ball from Praveen Jayawickrama, which was very good in the third ODI. Akila Dananjaya also bowled well. “
“But Manish Pandey would think of the first game. He should have made runs in that game. He could easily have scored a 70-80, but he didn’t take the opportunity. In the second game he unfortunately ran out and in the last game he got a good ball. These failures put him on his hindfoot. The road ahead is tough for Manish Pandey, ”Chopra admitted.
Manish Pandey hit really well: Suryakumar Yadav defends fighting batsman
Despite the lack of runs, series man Suryakumar Yadav defended Manish Pandey at a post-game press conference. Answer to a Request from Sportskeeda When Manish Pandey got a third chance despite failing the first two games, Yadav said the decision to play against him was the decision of team management. However, Yadav added:
“Manish Pandey did really well as we saw in the practice games. We also played intra-squad matches. He did really well in the last game but was unfortunately sacked. “
Manish Pandey has appeared in 29 ODIs and 39 T20Is so far and scored 566 and 709 runs respectively. It recorded one hundred and fifty-two years in one-day times and three half centuries in T20I format.
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