Vastavam web: With the Indian team management having already announced that KL Rahul will bat at no.4 in the upcoming five-ODI series against Sri Lanka, middle-order batsman Manish Pandey says he is ready to wait for his chance.”Whatever the management decides on the batting order, we abide by that, he added.Pandey has had a roller-coaster ride so far in international cricket. He has been in contention for a while now and even scored a maiden ODI hundred against Australia in Sydney in January 2016. But a poor outing against New Zealand at home in October last year saw him being dropped from the playing XI.
“Batting at no.5 or no.6 was a bit new for me during the New Zealand series, and I think it took me sometime to get used to that situation with only 15-odd overs left in the game. You can’t settle in from that position,” said Pandey.”You just need to go out and go at everything from ball one. I think I have adapted to that situation well. Let’s see how it goes.”The 27-year-old has been part of the selectors’ plans throughout and was even named in the original 15-member squad for the Champions Trophy in England. Unfortunately, he got injured and missed the bus.
He has been focussed on fighting off injuries and staying fit so that any further opportunities don’t go abegging. He was a part of the India A tour to South Africa and his sparkling form there helped him get back to the senior side.”Honestly, I have waited a long time to come to the Indian side as I’m used to it now. Sometimes, when you are not in form, it doesn’t really hurt as much as when you’re doing well and suddenly get injured. But I think you take it in your stride and that’s the time when you get to learn what’s the weak part of your body and where you have to work.Stressing the importance on fitness, Pandey said: “It’s really important for all of us to be fit. We spoke about it an hour ago today and everyone is really happy with this.
“The senior most guy in the side MS Dhoni to the youngest Kuldeep Yadav is okay with it and they are comfortable with the idea. Being fit does give me an advantage (on the field).”I had a decent break, about 5-6 days at home. This is almost like India, the timings are the same. A couple of days, it was a little difficult for me (when I returned from South Africa) but now it’s all good, just that the temperature is a little warmer. We all have played in these conditions before and we’re all raring to go,” said Pandey