One of the biggest disappointment this season of Indian Premier League (IPL) is the flop show of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) prized possession Manish Pandey. Unfortunately, the middle-order batsman looked-bleak this season. Well, he has been highlighted due to the heavy price-tag of INR 11 crore during the two-day mega-auction in January. this year.
Two of Karnataka-based Indian premier batsmen headlined during the auction in Bengaluru. On the other side, KL Rahul went the same amount to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) which was shelled out by Sunrisers for Manish.
Pandey’s Sensational Fielding. Photo Credits: IPL/BCCI
While the move to bag KL Rahul into KXIP paid rich dividends for Preity Zinta and management. The likes of Tom Moody and VVS Laxman are concerned, looking at Manish’s indifferent form.
Especially, looking at his splendid touch for India recently cricket, Manish is capabable of registering a strong statement.
The numbers of Pandey reflect for themselves. In the 12 outings so far in the tournament, Pandey only managed to amass 189 runs at a dismal average of 21, with only a couple of 50-plus scores to boast about.
Pandey’s dropped catch of Mahendra Singh Dhoni added fuel to the already lit fire as Twitterati left no mercy in trolling the Indian international.
Here’s a look at some of the extreme reactions:
Manish Pandey & Karun Nair Are
Twin Brothers I Think ??#KXIPvRCB
— Sriram™ || SRH (@kaNTRiFan) May 14, 2018
Karun yadav is good test player & he is also had nice domestic season ! It looks like he is not suitable for IPL whereas manish pandey is so overrated, i dont even know what he is good at
— . (@Baba_Tharkii) May 14, 2018
All these are fine, but why did we lose y'day match, kick @im_manishpandey out of the team. he is waste of money, not even worth to a tissue paper!!
— Suman Narayana (@NarayanaSuman) May 14, 2018
I still get the feeling that @SunRisers, brilliant as they have been, are at their best playing on a 150 kind of surface. The tracks at the play-offs produce 180-190 matches. Must get Hales/Pandey amongst the runs.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 13, 2018
Manish Pandey getting runs can only happen in commentators dream for this season at least 🙂
— rajesh (@crajeshwnp) May 14, 2018
@im_manishpandey why did you take 11cr totally utter flop performance. You take retirement immediately
— Barri rajshekar (@BarriRajshekar) May 14, 2018
Shortly after, Manish Pandey uploaded a story on Instagram, saying,
“Every hater at the moment. IDGAF,” i.e. ‘I don’t give a f**k.’
One can only hope now that the star Indian batsman comes back into his groove during the business end of the tournament. He has the ability to put an end to his batting woes.