Former India pacer, Ashish Nehra opines that Manish Pandey’s inability to quickly adapt to the game situation, and thrive under pressure is the key reason that shunted him behind the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant in the Indian team’s pecking order.
Manish Pandey failed to convert a good start once again on Thursday, causing Sunrisers Hyderabad to stumble to their second consecutive loss in IPL 2021.
The right-hander scored 38 off 39 deliveries for the Hyderabad outfit against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) side, and the ‘Orange Army’ went down by 6 runs.
Talking about the same, former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra, opined that the Nainital-born batsman’s inability to quickly adapt to the game situation and thrive under pressure is the key reason he isn’t a regular pick in the national side.
The veteran also added that though Pandey had made his debut in 2015, way ahead of Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav, yet the latter lot is preferable over him.
“This is the reason Manish Pandey has been in and out of the Indian team. If you see how long ago he made his debut and players like Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav have gone way ahead of him. This is because their game is different and also they adapt and survive in pressure situations a lot better than him. That’s why Manish Pandey has been left behind,” Nehra explained while speaking to Cricbuzz.
It seemed like tailenders have given away their wickets: Ashish Nehra
Speaking about SRH’s loss on Wednesday to RCB, the 41-year-old said that he couldn’t believe that three batsmen, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, and Abdul Samad threw away their wicket slogging wildly against the turn of Shahbaz Ahmed.
Ashish Nehra compared the troika’s shot selection with tailenders, saying their dismissals didn’t look like those of good players.
“Virat Kohli brought the left-arm spinner at the right moment. But you see how all three batsmen got out. It never felt like Jonny Bairstow, Abdul Samad and Manish Pandey have got out but it seemed like tailenders have given away their wickets.
“When tailenders play against the turning ball, they only see mid-wicket and long-on but good players who can handle pressure also play towards mid-off and covers,” the 2011 World Cup winning seamer added.