HomeAnalysisWhat lies ahead for Manish Pandey?

What lies ahead for Manish Pandey?

- Advertisement -

The current distance between Manish Pandey and the Indian Cricket team seems the size of the Atlantic Ocean.
Who’s to be blamed?
Surely, Manish Pandey cannot do anything about the sheer bench-strength of the Indian cricket side. Even before India flew off to England, there were rumours that only Rishabh Pant is going to break into the Test side.
First, he debuted. Now, he’s also in the final Test of the series.
Here’s an interesting catch.
None predicted the inclusion of Hanuma Vihari anywhere. He’s already a record-breaker of sorts; having struck a fifty in his debut inning, let alone the entirety of 2 innings. No one even thought that Prithvi Shaw’s name would come up. It’s one thing that he’s not been debuted thus far. But probably, it’s just a matter of time.
These are indeed interesting developments. Vihari’s already in. Pandya, in a matter of a couple of series ahead, would make the part of a fairly experienced Test player. Pant will hopefully hold on. Prithvi, the current future of Indian cricket, will debut at some point for sure. Then, one will expect Shubhman Gill to appear, as he should. While the likes of Sanju Samson, around the circuit for nearly over five years, haven’t yet made Test debut, there’ll be concerns for Karun Nair.
And it won’t be hard to understand why. Surely, you don’t want a batsman with a Test triple warming the bench. Placing a few sports kits instead can do the job.
Among all these developments, where’s Manish Pandey?

When’s Manish Pandey going to come back?

Manish Pandey last played for India in December 2017 (Image: India Today)

This Indian Cricket side resembles an outfit that’s constantly growing each passing series. It’s becoming a shape-shifting sci-fi robot, straight out of the Transformers fixture; one doesn’t quite know how many promising names will be consumed in the wake of its growth?
Amid this, a realisation about Manish Pandey strikes the mind.
For all intents and purposes, Manish Pandey isn’t a born entertainer. You don’t sit to the edge of your seat when he changes gears in batting. The world doesn’t pause in awe, admiring every-tiny second of the right-hander walking out to bat.
This isn’t a harsh assessment of the bloke who’s turned 29. It’s just how it is.
But that said, a record of playing only a few ODI contests doesn’t put a seal on his career, let alone an unbreakable lock.
Need proof? Here’s a perspective.
Pandey appeared in 22 ODIs. He ended up wielding the bat in just 17 of those. In that effort, he tried to prove his worth in remaining unbeaten on 5 occasions.

- Advertisement -

That throws a clear reflection of his effort.

Selectors should not ignore the consistent performances that Manish Pandey is putting (Image: ibtimes)

Would you nullify the presence of a bloke- in a team that often desperately needs the lower-middle order to fire Scud missiles- who’s only been dismissed on 11 occasions from 22 games?
In so doing, Pandey’s already struck his maiden hundred and collected 2 fifties.
The last that he played an ODI was back in December of 2017. In another couple of months’ time, it would be 1 full year of going minus Manish Pandey.
This only amplifies the exalted expectation of ‘what might’ occur if Pandey’s brought back?
If you were in his shoes, the feeling of being remembered as the first Indian to score an IPL century, despite featuring in 25 T20s and 22 ODIs, may not be the biggest source of happiness?
Who wishes to be remembered as an IPL prodigy alone when there’s so much to gather in top-notch international cricket?
In popular culture, the line from a famous Tom Hanks movie said, “the world will never be the same once you’ve seen in from the eyes of Forrest Gump.” In a similar vein, a notion cannot be avoided, “the world does appear uncertain if you are seeing it from the eyes of Manish Pandey.”
It’s not that the selectors have turned a blind eye on him. But there’s a huge surprise that he wasn’t picked for the T20s against England. There’s also little surprise that not an awful lot has been said about him especially in the wake of his recent efforts against Australia and Sri Lankan A teams.

How Manish Pandey has fared off lately

Manish Pandey has been in sublime form of late (Image: cricrevolution)

If you were wondering what this rather fast runner between the wickets has been up to in recent days, then it might be a worthy idea to glaze past his recent gatherings.
Manish Pandey’s managed scores of 73, 117, 21, and 95 in his last four appearances, all of which have come against formidable sides, such as Australia A and India B.
What’s interesting is that he’s remained unbeaten in each of these innings. If you were to rewind back even further, then you’d find that the only appearance he’s had in the last quarter or so has been that 2-match T20 series. Other than that, one hasn’t quite seen Pandey donning the blue jersey.
At a time where ad campaigns are rolling a massive buck in the form of ‘Bleed Blue’, it’s not hard to see who’s the one who’s bleeding?

- Advertisement -
Dev Tyagi
Dev Tyagi
Dravid believer, admirer of - the square drive, Drew Barrymore, Germany, Finland, Electric Mobility, simplicity and the power of the written word! Absolutely admire contributing to KyroSports

15 Highly Educated Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is a game of passion and dedication. A sport in which one involves themselves in camps and practice since early childhood. Due to...

Do we often under-appreciate Andy Flower? What’s his legacy?

There's a hint of sadness in noting that Zimbabwe has never been a dominant power in world cricket. But nothing could be sadder than...

Why are more and more MotoGP riders using the Noson nasal dilator?

Introduction MotoGP riders or athletes are physically fit and healthy individuals and their muscles are continuously functioning and used during the performance. As a fan...

How Come UFC Fighters Have Cauliflower Ears But Boxers Don’t?

The UFC has come a long way since its early days, wherein the fights seemed like modern-day gladiators due to its brutality and inconsistent...

5 spinners who can be India’s potential finger-spinners

The Indian cricket team has always been proud of its ability to produce world-class batsmen and similarly potent spinners. Though in recent times, the...

IPL 2018: The beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Being seated in the Sawai Mansingh stadium brings a different world, a world of difference away from the palpable excitement of watching truly India’s...

Top 5 Left Wingers In The World, Based On 2019-20 Season

Owing to the fact that football has evolved a lot since its inception and the tactics have changed a lot, the role of wingers...

The astonishing decline of Mario Balotelli

There was a time when Mario Balotelli was on top of the world.  The Italian talisman had scored two goals in the Euro 2012 semi-finals,...

What can be expected from the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Heat in the air and heat inside the car- that's been the story of the Azerbaijan Grand prix. As F1 parks itself at Baku...

How Suresh Raina Batted India Into The Finals of 2011 World Cup

Its been 9 years, since India won the Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka on 2 April, 2011. The images and visuals of...

IPL 2018: The best from the West Indies

When one of nature's treacherous attacks on mankind- earthquakes- strike, their impact is measured on Richter's scale. When West Indians strike in a tournament...

Ajax XI if they didn’t sell their star players

Based in Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, who incidentally draw their name from the legendary Greek hero of the same name, are the most successful club...

Age Fraud in Indian Cricket: Are players really to be blamed?

There have been times while watching a cricket match when we tend to hear commentators comment on cricketers’ age. We as fans have many...

Big change for India Women’s cricket as BCCI looks to finalise bowling coach soon

We are not even at the halfway stage of the 2018 cricketing season. It clearly seems there's no stopping India's women's cricket team. The...

5 famous players to play for both Leeds United and Liverpool

Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years and will play Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday in their very first match...

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -