Manish Pandey can have an impact for SRH yet: Tom Moody
Manish Pandey has struggled since joining SRH two seasons ago. © BCCI

Manish Pandey‘s batting form in IPL 2019 – and overall for Sunrisers Hyderabad since he joined them two seasons ago – has left the franchise coach Tom Moody with no doubt that a turnaround in fortunes has to come from the individual himself.

Since he was signed by Sunrisers ahead of the 2018 IPL season, having scored 1442 runs at 32.77 for two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders – Pandey has struggled to dominate. In 18 innings for SRH, the 29-year-old has totalled 338 runs at 22.53 at a strike-rate of 111.18.

In IPL 2019, Pandey has made 54 runs from five innings with a top score of 19 and a strike-rate of 93.10. He has not hit a single six.

“Obviously Manish hasn’t quite hit the ground running in the last season and a bit,” Moody told reporters on Tuesday. “In the last year and the start of this season. No one will be more disappointed than Manish himself. He’s a player that’s got a lot of pride in his game and he’s a good performer. He came into this season in some good form as well, having scored runs in the domestic season and having captained his side to victory. So it hasn’t quite worked out for him, to this point. It’s really down to him to turn things around. I think that’s what’s the exciting part for him and for us. He still will have an opportunity to turn things around and have an impact this season.”

In Sunrisers’ win over Rajasthan Royals, Pandey made 1 off 4 when he played all over a faster delivery from Shreyas Gopal. Against Delhi Capitals, he got 10 off 13 balls before he swatted Ishant Sharma to deep midwicket. Scores of 16 off 21 balls and 19 off 15 followed in consecutive defeats.

Sunrisers play defending champions and league leaders Chennai Super Kings at home today, after losing three matches in a row to sit at sixth place on the points table.

Twice they have folded for low scores. Against Mumbai Indians, chasing 137, they were bowled out for 96. Then in their last match with Delhi, SRH lost eight wickets for 15 runs to be all out for 116. (READ: Can Sunrisers Hyderabad end their losing streak?)

Asked about how the franchise can come back from that dramatic collapse to Delhi, Moody replied that they already had.

“Ask Delhi Capitals. They’re going okay,” he said. The most important thing when you have a disappointing loss is you do reflect and then you move on. You don’t ignore it. It’s important to reflect and have a good look at it and you move on as quick as possible as a group. And we’ve done that.”