India vs Zimbabwe 2016: Manish Pandey looks to cement his place in the national side
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India’s elegant right-handed batsman Manish Pandey eyes to settle down and establish himself in the national side in the One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 (T20) series against Zimbabwe, which starts on Saturday. READ MORE: Andrew Symonds: 13 facts about the controversial Australian all-rounder.

Pandey is expected to feature in the first game at Harare where he also marked his international debut last year. He made an impact in his maiden game and played with immense confidence. Pandey feels it’s going to be a new start and eyes to score massive runs for the national side. He spoke to bcci.tv saying, “This is again going to be a fresh start. We were there last year around the same time and I made my debut in Zimbabwe. It is good to go back there and share those memories, score some runs for India and do my duty.” READ MORE: Virat Kohli expresses his support to Germany for Euro 2016.

When asked about his good knocks in the international career so far, Pandey said, “It was a crucial innings (against Zimbabwe in his debut) for me and the team. I got the opportunity and I did justice to that. It was a good start and the right booster for me. Some time has passed since that game in Australia (Sydney in January), but the memories and images of that game will stay with me. It is always good to have some confidence behind you.”

Pandey has been in and out of the team despite of some good performances. He aims to sculpt a regular spot in the Indian line up and said, “My goal is to keep performing and make sure that I fit into that Indian XI and become a permanent member of the squad. My goal for the next couple of years is to be a part of the Indian team and to win games for India. I am working hard towards that and I want to achieve that.”

Pandey has been a terrific fielder and has done a good job on the field. On this he said, “I spend as much time on fielding as I spend on my batting. Fielding is a very important part of the game. Some great catches and run-outs definitely change the momentum of the game. I make sure I give enough time to my fielding which helps in my resume as I am a (specialist) batsman.”