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Manish Pandey did not get ball in his radar: Virender Sehwag defends batsman after SRH’s 10-run loss vs KKR

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SRH batsman Manish Pandey during match vs KKR on Sunday
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IPL 2021: Former India opener Virender Sehwag has reckoned that Manish Pandey could not win the match for SRH on Sunday despite settling down nicely because he did not get deliveries in his radar to hit sixes. SRH lost their opening match against KKR by 10 runs.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sehwag reckoned that Manish Pandey could not finish off match for SRH as deliveries did not fall in his radar
  • SRH lost their opening match of IPL 2021 vs KKR by 10 runs
  • Manish Pandey finished on an unbeaten 61 off 44 balls in the match

Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag has reckoned that Manish Pandey could have handed Sunrisers Hyderabad a win in their IPL 2021 opener against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday but failed as deliveries did not fall in his radar.

Manish Pandey, who came in to bat at number three after the departures of openers David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha, scored 61 not out runs off 44 balls and partnered for 92 runs with Jonny Bairstow.

SRH were well on track of gunning down 188-run target against the 2-time champions before Bairstow departed in the 13th over. SRH’s scorecard read 102 for 3 when the England star departed.

Manish Pandey hit a six off Shakib Al Hasan in the next over but had to wait until the final ball of the match to hit the next one. Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar and Abdul Samad managed to find the boundary ropes but the experienced right-hander failed miserably in the last 6 overs. Fans and former cricketers have criticised Manish for his non-aggressive approach.

Sehwag defends Manish

Virender Sehwag reckoned that many a time even a well set batsman finds it hard to hit boundaries as he struggles to get the balls in his radar.

“Pandey couldn’t hit a boundary in the last three overs he batted against KKR. That lone six came off the last ball when the match was over. He had an important role play. He already had faced the pressure and was set. Had he taken the initiative to smash a few boundaries, SRH wouldn’t have lost the game by 10 runs.

“It happens sometimes that you are a set batsman but you don’t get the balls to hit. I think the same thing had happened with Manish Pandey. He didn’t get any ball in his radar and hence, he couldn’t hit a six,” Virender Sehwag told Cricbuzz.

Manish Pandey has now remained unbeaten on 4 (Joint-highest) occasions in an unsuccessful IPL run-chase while coming in to bat in top five positions.

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