‘Maiden ODI call-up was long overdue’
Manish Pandey says his maiden ODI call-up was long overdue and he now hopes to make his much awaited India debut during the short tour of Zimbabwe next month.
Though it is not the first time he finds his name in the Indian team. Pandey was picked for the one-off T20 against the West Indies but the Caribbean?s side dramatic pull-out midway out of the tour last year left him helpless and dejected.
“It was sad indeed. I was hoping to be part of the <g data-gr-id="25">team</g> but the West Indies team pulled out and there was nothing you could do about it. Considering I am picked for ODIs and T20s, there is a good chance I get a game. The goal is to make every opportunity count,” Pandey told PTI on Monday. Did he expect to be in the ODI team even though it is very much a second string squad in the absence of senior players?
“I was hoping to be a part of it. It is a great feeling obviously, something that was pending for long I feel. It is one of those times you feel all the years of hard work has paid off. I won?t be thinking about that too much about whether I get a game or not. If I do, I am just going to be thinking about how I am going to play,” said the Karnataka batsman.