Team India star Manish Pandey pressed his claim for a regular place in the national team with a sublime double century to put Karnataka in the driver’s seat against Uttar Pradesh in the ongoing Ranji Trophy tie in Kanpur. The right-handed batsman, who returned to India’s limited-overs teams during the Sri Lanka tour after a stellar performance for India A in South Africa, is yet to cement his place in the national team despite being given regular chances in recent times.

With India’s middle-order far from being settled, Pandey was tried out between Nos. 4 and 6 during the series against Sri Lanka and Australia but he failed to grab the opportunity and was consequently did not play a single ODI against New Zealand. However, he roared back to form against Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket.

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The 28-year’s double hundred which came off 231 balls featured 29 boundaries and two maximums. He shared a mammoth partnership of 354 runs with Dega Nischal who scored 195 as Karnataka went past the 600-run mark for the third time this season. Meanwhile, the knock also helped Pandey to surpass his previous best score of 218. He was eventually dismissed for 238.

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Meanwhile, another India star who impressed in the Ranji Trophy was Ishant Sharma. The Delhi skipper, who was released by the Indian team, did not take long to make a big impression as he rocked Maharashtra with a sensational spell of 3 for 14 at the Palam A ground in New Delhi. At stumps, Maharashtra were reeling at 59/8, still trailing Delhi  by 360 runs.

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