Manish Pandey

Pandey will be remembered in the history of cricket as the first Indian player to score a century during the 2009 IPL, where he got an unbeaten 114 off 73. The tournament made him hit the limelight, making him the potential limited-overs option for India. When playing for his domestic team Karnataka, he is considered a vital part of the squad. He managed to rise impressively after he started with Mysore in a tournament at a state level. Below is Pandey’s biography and career milestones.

Basic Information of the Player

Full Name: Manish Krishnanand Pandey
Date of Birth: 10th September 1989
Place of Birth: Nainital, Uttaranchal
Age: 31 years old
Nationality: Indian
Height: 5 ft. 8 in
Batting Style: Right-handed bat
Bowling Style: Right-arm medium
Role: Batsman
Teams: Karnataka, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, Pune Warriors India, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, India, India B, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Belagavi Panthers, India A, India Red, India Blue, South Zone, Rest of India, India Under-19, Mysore Warriors

Career Build-up

In 2008, Manish was selected to join the squad that played the Under-19 under Virat Kohli. He did not perform so well during the tournament. However, he managed to make some impressive moves when playing for his domestic team, making him a no match for any batter. In 2009, he made a breakthrough and scored 882 runs making him the highest run-getter, including four hundreds and five fifties with an average of 63. After the breakthrough, he maintained his appetite for runs.

In early 2010, he was selected to join the Board President’s XI to play a match against South Africa. He scored 43; after the game, he went out of the national radar for some time. He made his way back to his domestic team during the Ranji season in 2014-2014, where he became the second-best run-getter for his team. Pandey’s batting skills have been inspired by Rahul Dravid, whom he considers as his role model. Pandey says that the senior batter inspires him a lot. His batting skills come with a lot of strokes and flamboyance. He has a trademark which is the swift-flick he usually uses while slogging and while rotating the strike.

Achievements

Manish was given an ODI debut during the Zimbabwe tour in mid-2015. This was after India had successfully defended their title and started testing its bench strength. He embraced the opportunity given to him, and he managed to score 71 in the maiden innings. In January 2016, he got into the limelight when he managed to score 104 in a match against Australia, which happened at the SCG. He drew the attention of everyone on him as he made a statement saying that he is aiming at the big stage, even the international levels.

Last Match Played

Some of the last matches he played include Sri Lanka vs. India at Colombo (RPS), which happened on 23rd July 2021; Sri Lanka won by three wickets. India vs. Australia, which occurred at Canberra on 4th December 2020, India won by 11 runs. Royals vs. Sunrisers at Delhi on 2nd May 2021, Royals won by 55 runs.

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