Vastavam web: Manish Pandey is feeling the pressure of holding on to his spot in the Indian ODI team and says the only way he can beat stiff competition is by scoring tons of runs.”Definitely, there is pressure in the middle order. I would like to play more games and win matches for India. I am doing the hard work to try and find a place for me in the playing eleven,” he said ahead of the fourth ODI against Australia on Thursday.With his Karnataka teammate K L Rahul warming the bench in this series, Pandey knows he has to keep performing.
He played at number four in Chennai and Kolkata before Hardik Pandya’s surprise promotion brought him down to number six in Indore.”It is completely different when you are playing number three, four or six. It is all about the mindset. It is about aggressiveness. I would like to spend more time on the wicket to make myself feel at ease at the crease,” he said.He also reacted to Harbhajan Singh’s jibe at the struggling Australians. The off-spinner had urged Michael Clarke to come out of retirement to bail the visitors out, saying the current batsmen lack quality.
“I think it is his own views about cricket. I think Australia is a fairly good side which boasts of quality batsmen. It is this series where they have lost matches on the trot. Nevertheless, they are a team to beat,” said Pandey.