Former Indian cricketer Pragyan Ojha feels that Manish Pandey should take a break for a couple of games in IPL 2021. Ojha’s comments came after Sunrisers Hyderabad player Manish Pandey got out for just 2 runs in the match against Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021. Sunrisers Hyderabad lost the match to Mumbai Indians by 13 runs while chasing 151 runs at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Pragyan Ojha also mentioned that Sunrisers Hyderabad should induct Kedar Jadhav in the playing XI as he will be a great batsman in the middle-order. Sunrisers Hyderabad’s middle-order batsmen totally failed against Mumbai Indians. Even after a spectacular start by David Warner (36) and Jonny Bairstow (43), Sunrisers Hyderabad were bowled out for just 137.
You need someone like Kedar Jadhav: Pragyan Ojha
While speaking to Sports Today, Pragyan Ojha said that Manish Pandey needs to take a break for a couple of games.
“No. 3, it is a very crucial position. He has to deliver. Match after match, the pressure mounts. People who are watching can make out that Manish Pandey is not delivering.
“At times, it is important that you take a backseat, take a couple of games break and then think about your game. When you’re playing continuously and you’re not doing well, you might not know what is happening and what is not. You need to take a pause,” Pragyan Ojha said.
Pragyan Ojha also mentioned that Sunrisers Hyderabad should induct Kedar Jadhav in the playing XI as he can give some stability in the batting.
“You need someone like Kedar Jadhav. If you see that middle-order, it did not carry forward the hard work done by David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. Maybe they can look in for Kedar Jadhav who can deliver because I think they have a few more games in Chennai. He can deliver some handy off-spin and give some stability in the batting,” Pragyan Ojha further said.
After the loss against Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad moved to the last spot in IPL 2021 points table after 3 losses in 3 matches. Sunrisers Hyderabad’s middle-order has continuously failed to deliver in all three games. Sunrisers Hyderabad’s three losses came while chasing.
In the first match against Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad remained 10 runs short of victory in the end. In their second match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad remained short of 6 runs in the end.
Manish Pandey, who batted at the number three spot in all three games, has come into the scanner for his slow-batting approach and inability to finish the games. Pandey also lost his wickets at crucial moments which increased the pressure on the other batsmen.