Manish Pandey won’t be happy with himself: VVS Laxman | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman was least surprised at the exciting matches the ongoing edition of the IPL has thrown up.
In his column for the Times of India, Laxman wrote, “The twists and turns of the IPL have been all too evident with the latest season just six games young. Rajasthan Royals‘ fantastic if eventually unsuccessful run chase, spearheaded by Sanju Samson, put the Wankhede pitch in perspective, while in Chennai, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad squandered winning positions on successive nights, reiterating the challenges of batting at Chepauk.”
Samson hit a brilliant 119 against Punjab but failed to carry his team to victory after Deepak Hooda made 64 off just 28 balls.
“Samson’s composure and command with the bat in his first innings as captain was good to see. He has been an IPL superstar for a while now, but I believe this century will go a long way towards bolstering his confidence as he seeks to become a permanent fixture in the national team. Before that, Deepak Hooda had played a sensational innings on being promoted by Punjab Kings,” Laxman added.
Laxman, who is also Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor, expressed his disappointment at their six-run loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“Where Mumbai has encouraged stroke-production, batting in the last few overs has been fraught with peril in Chennai. KKR discovered that against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, and we followed suit the next night when, after being on top for the first 35 overs, we still couldn’t breast the tape ahead of Royal Challengers Bangalore,” Laxman opined.
Hyderabad captain David Warner struck a six and seven boundaries, but fell to Kyle Jamieson after 54 off 37.
“Encouragingly, the bowling group came into its own and lent Rashid Khan the support he so needs. Equally significantly, it was great to see Davey Warner at his attacking best. When he and Manish Pandey were in the middle, things looked encouraging,” Laxman wrote.
Manish Pandey scored a 39-ball 38 against RCB but failed to take his team to victory.
“The wheels came off after Davey’s dismissal, and it didn’t help at all that we lost three wickets in one over to Shahbaz Ahmed. I think Manish must be particularly unhappy with himself for the manner in which he was dismissed, immediately after the fall of Jonny Bairstow. The experienced Manish knows the value of a set batsman getting the job done and he can also learn from his previous errors,” Laxman concluded.

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