The first overseas assignment of this year has started on a new high as India created history by whitewashing New Zealand in the shortest format of the game 5-0. India found new heroes every game who helped them to take past the finishing line in each of the matches. The one unsung hero in that Indian lineup was the Karnataka captain Manish Pandey.
Manish Pandey has the same playing style like Dhoni- Ajay Jadeja
The former Indian player Ajay Jadeja seems to be impressed with the skillset of Manish Pandey and even went ahead to compare Manish Pandey with the former world cup winning captain MS Dhoni
Here’s what Ajay Jadeja had to say about Manish Pandey
I have hardly seen him get out from the 18th over. If Dhoni is the Mercedes-version, he is the Alto-version. He might not have the same horsepower, but has the same playing style like Dhoni
New finisher for India
India are blessed with quality top order players who can win the match on their own on any given day in all the formats of the game. The one thing that constantly kept popping out was the lack of quality finisher after Dhoni. The Baroda all-rounder Hardik Pandya seemed to give some respite for India with his muscular hitting down the order but since injury has kept Hardik out of the game for a good part of 6 months now, India needed to find someone apart from Hardik Pandya.
There were no specific batsman who could fit exactly into that role including Manish Pandey who himself is an top order player for his state and IPL team. But the Indian team management decided to go with Manish Pandey as his experience and composure might be handy lower down the order. Manish Pandey has grabbed the opportunity with both the hands to say the least.