Meet Manish Pandey, an Indian professional cricketer who plays for the Bangalore Royal Challengers of the IPL and is the first Indian cricketer to score an IPL century. Manish is the find of IPL 2. See photos, video and a biography of Manish Pandey here.
Manish Pandey became the hero of Indian cricket with a scintillating 114 runs off 73 balls knock against the Hyderabad Deccan Chargers in the last league match of the Challengers. The performance was enough to see the Challengers reach their first IPL semi-final.
Not only this, Pandey came to the rescue of Bangalore once again during the semi-final against the Chennai Super Kings when he top-scored with 48 runs off just 35 balls. Bangalore Royal Challengers will play the final of IPL, thanks to the fine stroke-player.
“Watching Manish Pandey pose for photographs and sign autographs at the team hotel on Friday night, one wondered what the boy was doing. In the bubbly and effervescent world called Twenty20, his star value is just a match old but the youngster from Karnataka is doing everything possible to ensure that he isn’t a one-match wonder.”
What I wondered while watching the match, was that if only Manish had played right through the start of the Challengers campaign… what would have been batting figures like. No one knew about this guy a couple of days ago and he scored a century in his first IPL T20 game! That too… the highest score in the season. No wonder he idolizes Matthew Hayden.
What if selectors were to decide the T20 World Cup team now?
As a biography, Manish Pandey hails from Uttaranchal and is just 19 years of age. He is a right-handed middle-order batsman and was a part of the Under-19 World Cup winning Indian team last year.
Manish, who is popularly known as “Mani” in cricketing circles, is the son of an Army colonel. He started playing cricket at a very early age and is the member of the Karnataka state Ranji team. He made his T20 debut in April 2007 against Kerala.
Pandey was originally selected by the Mumbai Indians during the last IPL season but he didn’t get a chance to play. He was subsequently traded off to the Royal Challengers and they are now pretty happy about it.
Check out a video of Manish Pandey below.
Manish Pandey Video