Pandey Happy to Have Contributed to India’s Win, Saini Revels in Bowling Quick
Manish Pandey (AFP Image)

After a quickfire 18-ball unbeaten 31 runs against Sri Lanka in the third T20I, India batsman Manish Pandey said that he was happy to contribute to the team’s victory as the Men in Blue defeated the islanders by 78 runs to win the series 2-0.

The Virat Kohli-led India scored 201/6 in the allotted twenty overs as Lokesh Rahul (54), Shikhar Dhawan (52) and Pandey played crucial knocks.

“After a long time, I got a chance to play for India. I was talking with the coaches during training about how to grab opportunities and making sure that I deliver. It felt like I was playing after a long time and I am happy to contribute to the side’s winning cause,” Pandey told Yuzvendra Chahal on Chahal TV.

Pandey was also impressive on the field as he took a catch and was involved in a run-out.

“Batting and fielding are equally important, and it is important to give each aspect a proper time during training. In a close match, catches and good fielding help a lot,” Pandey expressed.

Navdeep Saini, who was declared Player of the Series, picked up five wickets in two matches that were played in the series after the first game was washed out and turned heads with his express pace.

Saini is seen as a better red ball bowler in the domestic circuit, but the seamer said that he is now finding it easier to bowl with the white ball.

“When I used to play with the red ball earlier, I used to find bowling with the white ball difficult,” said Saini in the post-match presentation ceremony. “But now after practicing, I have been finding it easier and am improving. My seniors have been helping me as well, telling me how to bowl in different situations,” he said.

On Friday, Saini took three wickets for 28 runs, including the match-winning final wicket. Saini said that he takes care of his fitness while bowling quick comes naturally to him.

“Bowling fast comes naturally to me. I look after my gym and diet and playing for India is a big deal. I have been playing with the red ball only for the last four-five years, before that I was playing with the tennis ball only,” he said.

– (Indo-Asian News Service)