Manish Pandey

India
Age
September 10, 1989 (32 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Nainital, Uttaranchal
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
India
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium

Since then, he has played for several teams, including Belagavi Panthers, BPCL, India Red, India Under-19s, India A, India B, India Blue, India Emerging Players, Mysore Warriors, Rest of India, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Karnataka, Karnataka State Cricket Association XI, Indian Board President’s XI and South Zone.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
83
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

India, India A, India B, India Blue, India Red, Rest of India, South Zone, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, India Under-19, Karnataka, Pune Warriors India, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Belagavi Panthers, Mysuru Warriors

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
26
21
7
492
104*
35.14
535
91.96
1
2
41
4
T20I
38
32
16
682
79*
42.62
543
125.6
0
3
46
19
Test
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0
IPL
147
136
25
3286
114*
29.6
2712
121.17
1
18
284
96

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
26
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
38
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
147
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Biography

Manish (born on 10 September 1989) is an aggressive middle-order batsman and an athletic fielder who comes from Nainital, Uttaranchal. However, at the domestic level, he plays for Karnataka. He has represented the Southern state at the Under-17 and Under-19 levels. Moreover, he was a part of India U-19s team, captained by Virat Kohli, during the 2008 Under-19 World Cup held in Malaysia.

Despite his impressive performance in the Under-19 World Cup, the young Manish Pandey attracted attention later,  in 2009, after becoming the first Indian to score a ton in the IPL. However, he did not immediately get a call-up to play for the national side after that knock. He had to work his way up through domestic cricket.

In the 2009 – 2010 Ranji season, he was the highest run-getter with 882 runs (four 100s and five 50s).  After this, Manish impressed the audience again but this time, with his fielding skills. He took a sensational catch to dismiss Abhishek Nayar. The catch even went viral on social media.

Manish Pandey was also selected to play for Board President’s XI against South Africa in 2010. He then caught the selectors’ attention during the 2013 – 2014 Ranji season, in which he became the second-highest run-getter for his side.

Finally, in July 2015, Manish made his international debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club and scored 71 runs in an ODI. His 144-run fifth-wicket partnership with Kedar Yadav helped India to win that match. He also made his T20 debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on 17 July 2015.

At the international level, Manish made the mark in January 2016 against Australia in Sydney. At the time, Manish’s unbeaten maiden ODI century helped India to chase down a target of 330 and prevent a whitewash.

After that, he played against New Zealand in October 2016 but it didn’t go well. He was then selected for the Champions Trophy in June 2017. However, he got injured before the tournament and missed the crucial ICC event.

Later, he was part of the ‘A’ team that toured South Africa and then played for the national team in a series against Sri Lanka. In September 2017, he scored his first T20 half-century. In the match, he and Virat Kohli put on a record 119-run partnership for the third wicket.

So far, throughout his international career, Manish has seen many ups and downs. Nevertheless, he has established himself as a reliable middle-order batsman who can help India win difficult matches. He last played for India against New Zealand at Bay Oval on 11 February 2020.

Manish Pandey admires Rahul Dravid and sees him as his role model. However, his batting style is very different from Dravid’s classical style. Manish has more flamboyance and is unorthodox in shot selection. His trademark shot is a half-sweep-half-flick shot which he uses to attack as well as to rotate strike. As the name says, this shot starts like a sweep but ends like a flick.

IPL Career

The IPL has been a triggering point for Manish Pandey’s cricketing career. However, he didn’t get recognition right from the start. Manish was part of the inaugural season of the IPL as well. At the time, he was a part of the Mumbai Indians but had a rather quiet season.

Mumbai released him for the next IPL season held in South Africa after which he was signed by RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore). This was when he created history and made an unbeaten 114 off 73 deliveries (against Deccan Chargers) to become the first Indian player to hit a century in the IPL.

RCB retained him for 2010 but released him for the next season after he had failed to live up to their expectations. After three dull IPL seasons, he was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014. He helped the team clinch their maiden IPL title by making 94 runs in the final to beat Punjab, a performance for which he was awarded the Man of the Match.

However, he failed to retain his good form and was released by the Knight Riders in 2018. Sunrisers Hyderabad signed him for the 2018 season but he didn’t quite live up to their expectations either. He is currently part of the Sunrisers team only.

Talking about Manish’s IPL career, he has played 130 matches (120 innings) so far and scored 2843 runs at an average of 29.31 and a strike rate of 120.82. He has made 15 50s and 1 hundred and has the highest score of 114 runs. In two IPL seasons, he was among the top 10 run-getters, in 2014 with 410 runs and in 2017 with 396 runs.

Apart from the IPL, Pandey is also a popular (in fact even more popular) name in the KPL (Karnataka Premier League). He is a part of the Mysuru Warriors and in 2014, led the side to win the title.

Family

Manish Pandey’s love for cricket started when he was in the third standard. Initially, he wanted to join the Indian army like his father. When he was 15, he moved to Bengaluru with his family. A few years later, his father was transferred to Rajasthan but he stayed back to pursue a career in cricket.

Manish married model-actress Arshita Shetty in December 2019. His father’s name is G.S. Pandey and his mother’s name is Tara Pandey. He also has a sister Anita Pandey.

Manish has played 26 ODIs (21 innings) so far and scored 492 runs at a strike rate of 91.96 and an average of 35.14. He has made one century and two half-centuries.

Talking of Manish Pandey’s stats for T20Is, he has played 38 matches (32 innings) and made 707 runs at an average of 47.13 and a strike rate of 127.62. He has made three 50s and his highest score is 79 runs.