Manan Vohra has been a valuable retainment for KXIP © IANS
Manan Vohra has been a valuable retainment for KXIP © IANS


New Delhi: May 22, 2014


Manan Vohra‘s dazzling strokeplay in the few matches that he has played for Kings XI Punjab made the cricketing public take notice of his talent but one thing that still rankles the 20-year-old is not being a part of the World Cup winning India U-19 team led by Unmukt Chand.


Manan was sure to make the cut but a finger injury ruled him out of the World Cup in Australia back in 2012.


“Even after my good performances in the IPL, I can’t forget that setback as I was not able to be a part of the World Cup winning squad. It is a dream for any cricketer to be a part of World Cup winning squad. I missed that chance and it still rankles. Will I be able to forget it ever? No, perhaps,” Manan told PTI during an interaction in New Delhi on Thursday.


For Manan, being retained by KXIP before the auction was a “pleasant surprise”. With scores of 47, 42 and 36, Manan, a late entrant into the playing XI, has impressed one and all.


“I was honoured that the franchise had faith in my abilities as a batsman and decided to retain me. My primary goal was to see to it that I can repay their faith,” the Punjab youngster said.


He said that he was not at all frustrated at being benched during the first nine matches in the tournament.


“We have a very well-equipped side with all bases covered. Obviously, it was a decision of the team management but I knew that when my chance would come, I would have to grab it with both hands.”


Sourav Ganguly in an interview to a website recently said that “if a youngster can pull Dale Steyn in-front of square, he should be a serious prospect for the future.”


Ask him about that compliment, the soft-spoken Vohra is modesty personified.


“This is possibly the best compliment that I have got from a senior cricketer. Coming from one of the Indian greats works wonders for your confidence.”


His first match of the season saw him play an innings of 47 against Sunrisers Hyderabad and the right-hander had a satisfying feeling after that knock.


“It was a good partnership between me and Saha (Wriddhiman). We both watched the ball well that day and hit them according to merit.”


He is thankful to Virender Sehwag for giving him invaluable tips to remain “calm and comoposed” and how to “plan an innings”.


Chief coach Sanjay Bangar’s role has also been significant in Manan emerging as a quality batsman.


“Sanjay sir has spent a lot of time with me at the nets and gave advice on subtle adjustments which has been beneficial to my game. Also the fact that playing alongside Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and George Bailey has helped me evolve as a better player,” Manan concluded.


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