Indian Premier League was started in 2008 with an aim to provide a platform where youngsters can compete with international stars and make a name for themselves. Over the years, it has given Indian cricket many stars and one such player is Manan Vohra who reckons IPL played a very important role in his career. “I missed out on the Under-19 World Cup due to a fractured thumb and had lost hope. At the age of 19 years when you miss out on such a big opportunity, there is obviously a disappointment. But then, Kings XI Punjab signed me and IPL proved to be a big turnover. I won a Man of the Match award in my debut game and got the recognition from there,” said Manan while recalling his debut season where he set the stage on fire.
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In the 2013 season, Manan scored 161 runs at a strike-rate of 137.60. The team management was so impressed with him that he was retained for the 2014 season. Manan proved that decision right and finished as team’s leading scorer with 324 runs at an average of 40.50. He played a sizzling knock of 67 runs in the final against KKR. However, since then things have been difficult for the opening batsman. “Expectations were always there but I didn’t get too many opportunities in last two seasons either. Last year, I was dropped because the management was trying to find the right combination but no regrets as the team always come first,” said a selfless Manan.
Speaking about the influence of Virender Sehwag on his game Manan said, “I am very lucky to have opened the innings with Viru pa. He is a legend! I have grown up watching him play so it was a dream come true. It’s a blessing to bat with him because he keeps the atmosphere so light and doesn’t let the pressure to build.”
Very fortunate to bat with viru pa..blessed..:) pic.twitter.com/PgjrBhJSFz
— Manan Vohra (@ImMananVohra) June 5, 2014
After the arrival of Martin Guptill, Kings XI Punjab has many options for the opening slots in Murali Vijay, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh and Manan himself but the 23-year-old’s focus is on performing in whatever opportunities he get. “There cannot be a competition with these players. They are already legends and I have just started so I am looking forward to the camps and will try my best to impress everyone,” he said.
Eoin Morgan was Punjab’s top signing in IPL auctions and Manan believes that the England captain will play an important role in team’s campaign this year. He said, “Eoin Morgan is one of the best T20 players in the world right now. He is also the captain of England side and will bring in a lot of experience.”
Watch Manan Vohra hitting the nets during IPL 8:
Despite showing glimpses of brilliance, 728 runs from 34 matches at an average of 24.26 with the highest score of 67 doesn’t justify Manan’s potential but the youngster has learnt from his mistakes and has worked hard on his game. “The major problem with me is the shot selection. I usually start well but then throw away my wicket. That’s something I have been working on, to convert these starts into big totals,” he concluded.