Pandey scored only 74 runs in three innings of the series against Sri Lanka.
India’s middle-order batsman Manish Pandey’s case has been pretty curious, especially in the One-Day Internationals. He has been around forever now but is yet to seal his place in the side. Rather he can be termed unlucky as well as he has played only around 29 ODIs since making his debut in the format way back in 2015. Lack of consistent chances has played a role in Pandey being inconsistent as well.
In the midst of all the uncertainties, came the Sri Lanka tour and when the squad was announced, it was clear that Manish Pandey was going to play all three ODIs given his experience. And as expected, he got to bat in all the three matches of the series.
However, he hasn’t done much to prove his credentials. In the first game, in a pretty straightforward run-chase of 263 runs, Pandey scored 26 runs when he had a chance to stay till the end and finish the game for India. He looked in ominous touch for his 37 runs in the 276-run chase before getting run-out in an unfortunate manner at the non-striker’s end.
Manish Pandey fails in 3rd ODI as well
Opportunity knocked on his door in the third and final ODI on Friday as well. Even though India made six changes to the team, the management decided to stick to Manish Pandey in the line-up and let him bat at four once again. The platform was set for him as well with India at 102/2 in the 16th over when he came out to bat.
But the Karnataka batsman couldn’t latch on to the opportunity and could score only 11 runs off 19 balls during his brief stay in the middle. Praveen Jayawickrama got the better of him and the dejected look on the face of the 31-year-old was visible.
Manish Pandey has now scored 566 runs in 24 ODI innings of his career at an average of 33.29 with a century and two fifties. With so much competition for places in the team, this might just be it for him according to many fans. With age also not on his side, it remains to be seen if the selectors will give him another chance in the 50-over format again.
Meanwhile, the fans were also frustrated with the way Manish failed in the series as he could only 74 runs in three innings in the series against Sri Lanka.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
RIP Manish Pandey’s ODI career (2015-2021)#INDvSL
— Shekhar (@shekhariyat) July 23, 2021
This might be the end of Manish pandey unfortunately
— Srikant M (@SrikantM5) July 23, 2021
Thank you Manish Pandey pic.twitter.com/UhHGNlNcuR
— Shivani (@meme_ki_diwani) July 23, 2021
26(40), 37(31), 11(19) by Manish Pandey in the series, with Iyer, Pant, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav available, it won’t be easy for Manish to make a comeback soon into the ODI format.Donno why he is still in team .😑
— starlord (@starlordspeaks) July 23, 2021
Manish Pandey might just have played the last inning of his international career. Dravid did everything he could and played Pandey in all 3 matches. Bye Bye.#SLvIND #INDvSL
— Sanket D. Patil (@sankulyaa) July 23, 2021
Koi nahi Manish pandey IPL is The last Hope #ManishPandey #SLvIND
— AnuP MaHapatrA (@am_i_anup) July 23, 2021
Thank You Manish Pandey trend karne ka time aa gaya hai lagta h
— Rohan 😷 (@rohanatic_7) July 23, 2021
Manish Pandey might have played his last match for India! Unless he does something remarkable in the T20Is if he gets picked
— Sanjay Sunku (@sunku) July 23, 2021
“I wonder will Manish Pandey ever play ODIs again for India! Missed a golden opportunity.”#India #TeamIndia #indiavssrilanka2021 #indiavssrilanka #INDvsSL2021 #IndvSL
— Shreyansh Jain (@shreyanshjain78) July 23, 2021
So Manish Pandey exhausts his lifelines…until he gets wild card recharge once again
— SK Anand (@di_an) July 23, 2021
May be manish pandey’s international carrer is over #thankyoumanish
— Gitartha Kalita (@gitartha_k) July 23, 2021
No 50+ score in last 16 matches for Manish Pandey
Only one 50 after SCG hundred in 2016.
Sadly, you dont belong to this format Pandey!#ThankYouPandey #INDvsSL
— Pari (@BluntIndianGal) July 23, 2021
Sad to see Manish Pandey Struggle but surely India has enough equipment such as Sky, Sanju, Ishan, Iyer to easily replace him #SLvIND
— Jeepers Creepers (@jenzbenzy) July 23, 2021
— 🙇 (@DarlingVenkat_) July 23, 2021
@SonySportsIndia #AskTheExpert Could it be prove as last match for Manish Pandey in view of tough competition presentated by other players?
— Rahul Dabas (@rahul_dabas23) July 23, 2021