IPL auction 2018: Manish Pandey became household name when he scored a century, smashing an unbeaten 114 off 73 deliveries which helped the Royal Challengers Bangalore grab a spot in the semi-finals of the second season of the IPL. In that tournament Pandey also managed to score a quick-fire 48 off 35 balls in the last four stages of the tournament and helped RCB reach the finals of the tournament that year. These two IPL matches paved Pandey’s way into the world of cricket hence the tournament surely has a special mention in his life. In IPL auction 2018, Manish Pandey was one of the star Indian names. He was eventually bought by Surisers Hyderabad for Rs 11 crore in IPL auction 2018.
Pandey was born on September 10, 1989 in Nainital and started playing for Karnataka. He is a technically sound middle order batsman who started his journey in cricket by representing Mysore in a state level tournament. He was then chosen to play for the India Under-19 team in 2008. His talent with the bat was recognised pretty quickly and he was drafted into the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise.
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But Pandey had to work it up in his domestic game before he could enter the international circuit and represent the country. But one thing became sure that Pandey was no flash in the pan and with time he also proved that he could win bigger numbers for his team. Ending up as the top run-getter in the Ranji season during 2009-10 with 882 runs that included four 100s and five 50s Manish Pandey was set for a bigger and longer battle. He was picked in the Board President’s XI to play against South Africa in early 2010, and scored a pleasing 43, but fell when he looked good for more.
Pandey has been a regular face in the domestic circuit and his consistence performance ensured something greater in the long-run. His exploits got him an IPL contract with Kolkata Knight Riders as the franchise bought him at the 2014 auctions. His selection eventually proved useful for the team since his 94 in the finals got KKR the trophy for the second time. Pandey’s role model is Rahul Dravid, and the youngster has gone on record saying that he feels much indebted and inspired by the senior batsman.
Post-2015 World Cup, places opened up in India’s middle-order and Manish made his debut during the ODI tour of Zimbabwe, scoring 71 in his maiden innings. Manish endured an average time during the home series against New Zealand in October, 2016, but was named in the 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy in June 2017.