Manish Pandey: ‘Enjoying everyone’s success is key to winning the championship’

Speaking about his role, Manish says that it is only a new responsibility, but with the same batting role.

Manish Pandey also believes that IPL is a huge platform for the India hopefuls.   -  K.V.S. GIRI

Manish Pandey is one of the important members of the formidable middle-order trio of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The other two being Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda. And, this 28-year-old free-stroking batsman feels that SRH has everything that makes it be a champion side.

"We have the dedication, the work ethic, discipline and depth in the line-up, which can challenge the best," says Manish, ahead of the big game against Mumbai Indians (MI), here, on Thursday.

"Enjoying everyone's success is the key to winning the championship. Yes, some of the youngsters make a mistake of not walking up and talk to the seniors and big names. They should keep learning," he said to a query.

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"Yes, initially I was jittery - moving over from KKR. It was like going to a new school. But, soon, meeting players, who have been my India teammates and against whom I played a lot in domestic cricket, I am now very comfortable. The credit goes to the support staff V.V.S. Laxman, Murali and Tom (Moody), and the franchise owners for creating the kind of wonderful atmosphere for all the guys," he said.

Speaking about his role, Manish says that it is only a new responsibility, but with the same batting role. "I just think no matter in which team you are in, you should take care of the minute details in training to be a better player," he said.

"We (middle-order) have to wait patiently for the chances given the heavy top-order. I am comfortable with my role and position in the team," he said.

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Manish also believes that IPL is a huge platform for the India hopefuls. "I don't say Ranji is not important. In fact, many of us have made it to the IPL because of our performances in domestic cricket. But, again, IPL, you tend to learn so many things, meeting all the big names. You can certainly go to the next level with consistency in the IPL," he felt.

Comparing Gautam Gambhir and Kane Williamson captaincy style, Manish said that the former was more aggressive and the latter a subtle mover. "Definitely, I would like to pick up a few tricks in the art of captaincy from both of them," he said.

Reflecting on the gap he had in making it big on the international stage, Manish felt that apparently, he was too eager to make it. "Then, I started doing things which helped me to be a much better batsman," he said.

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On the big game against Mumbai, Manish hoped that SRH would have another comfortable win as it did against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Monday.

"Yes, they area good side with big names. But, I think we bowled really well against Rajasthan. Definitely, again, it all depends on how well you play on the given day," he signed off.