Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag has reckoned that Manish Pandey could person handed Sunrisers Hyderabad a triumph successful their IPL 2021 opener against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) connected Sunday but failed arsenic deliveries did not autumn successful his radar.
Manish Pandey, who came successful to bat astatine fig 3 aft the departures of openers David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha, scored 61 not retired runs disconnected 44 balls and partnered for 92 runs with Jonny Bairstow.
SRH were good connected way of gunning down 188-run people against the 2-time champions earlier Bairstow departed successful the 13th over. SRH's scorecard work 102 for 3 erstwhile the England prima departed.
Manish Pandey deed a six disconnected Shakib Al Hasan successful the adjacent implicit but had to hold until the last shot of the lucifer to deed the adjacent one. Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar and Abdul Samad managed to find the bound ropes but the experienced right-hander failed miserably successful the past 6 overs. Fans and erstwhile cricketers person criticised Manish for his non-aggressive approach.
Sehwag defends Manish
Virender Sehwag reckoned that galore a clip adjacent a good acceptable batsman finds it hard to deed boundaries arsenic helium struggles to get the balls successful his radar.
“Pandey couldn’t deed a bound successful the past 3 overs helium batted against KKR. That lone six came disconnected the past shot erstwhile the lucifer was over. He had an important relation play. He already had faced the unit and was set. Had helium taken the inaugural to smash a fewer boundaries, SRH wouldn’t person mislaid the crippled by 10 runs.
“It happens sometimes that you are a acceptable batsman but you don’t get the balls to hit. I deliberation the aforesaid happening had happened with Manish Pandey. He didn’t get immoderate shot successful his radar and hence, helium couldn’t deed a six," Virender Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
Manish Pandey has present remained unbeaten connected 4 (Joint-highest) occasions successful an unsuccessful IPL run-chase portion coming successful to bat successful apical 5 positions.