Indian international middle-order cricketer Manish Pandey said on his back half-century in the fourth ODI against Sir Lanka and looking to bolster in his spot in the playing XI. India won by 168 runs and lead 4-0 in the series.
After the match won by 168 runs Pandey said at the post-match press conference, “Middle order is where I bat. Starting from no. 4 to no.6 I have batted at different positions for India. I have to be ready for whatever spot I get. So if I get a chance then I need to get some runs and cement that spot for myself first.”
The 27-year-old India’s batsman Pandey added, “Then if you keep performing and you keep playing better, then maybe you come one up in the order. So that will be goal to fix a spot or two for myself, stay there at the end and win games for India.”
Talking about the performance which remains unbeaten knock came off 42 balls, he added, “Even batting through the India-A series, I batted very similar to the way I batted today. So it was not too different for me to come back and think about it like it was my first game in a long time. I have been batting well in the nets and I just had to watch the ball and play.”
Praising on skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma which put hundreds on 219 runs for the second wicket, Pandey said “The start was really important for us. I think we did well given the fact that it was really hot. The guys were batting very well and were looking for boundaries.”
“The way Virat and Rohit batted, getting their hundreds, I thought it allowed us to come back in the middle overs (after the collapse) and look for boundaries. It was a little easier for us in the end.”
“My mindset was to spend some time on the wicket first, like how many balls I should take initially. I need to take at least 6-10 balls to know what’s the wicket like. It was spinning a bit when the middle-order got out but as I said there was a plan to spend some time and eventually it came off well for me. There were wickets falling on the other side but I has to keep my calm and rotate the strike.”