Calcutta: Not many would have expected Manish Pandey to be in the race for the orange cap.
In fact, he was the highest run scorer till Jean Paul Duminy’s unbeaten 52 overtook him late evening on Saturday as the Delhi DareDevils beat Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets. On Sunday, though, exploits from Glenn Maxwell against the Rajasthan Royals pushed both Duminy and Manish down to second and third positions, respectively, in the current list of top scorers.
Nevertheless, it bodes well for the Knight Riders as Manish, with 112 runs so far, is gradually establishing himself as a vital cog in the batting order.
With scores of 64 and 48 against Mumbai Indians and the DareDevils as of now, it seems for the moment that the Knight Riders are having a solid No. 3 batsman.
For his part, Manish feels he needs to keep the momentum going as there are still plenty of matches remaining. “Yes, I’ve been batting well lately. I’ve been amongst runs in the two matches we played so far. But it’s important I keep the momentum going, as it will help my team in the long run.
“And if I do get the orange cap again, I won’t let it go away from me,” the 24-year-old said in a KKR video diary.
KKR play the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) next, on Thursday, in Sharjah. The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers are in a rampaging form, getting it right in every department of their game.
Manish, however, is confident of his team’s abilities. “Of course, we’ll have to work hard and get ourselves ready for the game against RCB. No doubt it will be a hard game.
“We need to pull up our socks and win it. I’m confident we have it in us to beat them,” he signed off.