Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh has been a regular feature in the IPL, though his roles and franchises have changed over the years. Mandeep Singh began his IPL career with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) before joining Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2015. He later returned to play with the likes of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle and re-joined the KXIP squad in the 2019 season.
The right-hand batsman has a strike-rate above 137 which makes him a perfect fit for the finisher’s role. This is also a bit of change for Mandeep Singh as he bats in the top-order while playing white-ball cricket. But Mandeep has taken up the challenge and keen on continuing to bat as a finisher for KXIP.
““In white-ball cricket, I have always batted in top three. Batting at 5 or 6 is quite difficult. In the last season, I was only getting two to three balls to face. So for a top-order batsman playing down the order is difficult but challenging too,” Mandeep told The Times of India.
“I will have to see what my role is going to be this year. If the team will choose me as a finisher, I am game for it. During the net sessions, I will ask bowlers to bowl like it is the 19th or 20th over, and I will try to hit out from ball one,” he added.
He has the experience of playing 97 IPL matches to his name and scored at an average of 22. Mandeep has scored 1529 runs in the lucrative tournament with five half-centuries to his name. His slogging ability also makes him a handful for the side.