India is currently playing in the 3rd ODI of the three-match series against Australia. And, in the final affair, Virat Kohli opted for as many as four changes. But, there was no name of Manish Pandey in the side once again. And, this fact didn’t go down well with the fans and they brought Indian cricket team management under the scanner.
Earlier, Manish Pandey looked like one of the most talented batsmen in domestic cricket. And, he has proved his worth on all occasions. But, he has been constantly ignored by the skipper and management on all occasions. This has become a culture in the past couple of years on the national side. The selectors pick some of the players just to warm the benches and Manish Pandey is one of those players, who is doing this job for since long.
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Fans Bashed Indian Cricket Team Management For Constantly Ignoring Manish Pandey
He hogged the spotlight after he smashed a brilliant ton against Australia in Australia in 2016. But, he never got a regular game time in the time. The last game he played for Team India was back in New Zealand and scored well deserved 42 runs in difficult batting conditions. But, Manish Pandey was once again asked to warm the bench.
In the first couple of games, Virat Kohli used KL Rahul in the middle-order. And, Mayank Agarwal was asked to open the innings alongside Shikhar Dhawan. But, the Karnataka-born player failed to click a single fifty on all the occasions and got out playing an irresponsible stroke in a crucial situation. With India already on the losing end in the ODI series after two games, there were rife speculations that Virat Kohli will like to give a chance to his benched players.
It looked like Manish Pandey will probably get his golden opportunity once again. Although Virat Kohli opted for about four changes. But, Manish Pandey was not one of those lucky ones. The fans took to social media and questioned team management as well Virat Kohli on why Manish Pandey was not given a single chance in the ODI series against Australia.
One fan even criticized Team India saying that a player of such caliber has played more games as a substitute fielder than a regular player.
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