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Will love to see Rahul perform at No 4 spot, says Pandey

Prime News, International (Dambulla), August 19:- Indian cricketer Manish Pandey on Friday said that he would love to see KL Rahul perform at the number four spot in the upcoming One-Day Internationals (ODIs) series against Sri Lanka starting August 20 at Dambulla. With the Indian team management, having already picked KL Rahul ahead of Pandey, the right-handed middle-order batsman said whatever the management decides on the batting order, they will abide by that. “That’s where I bat, the middle-order. That’s somewhere I have been batting for a long time. But if the team thinks somebody else can do that role really well…KL has been batting really well in the Tests, I would love to see that happen.”
“Whatever the management decides on the batting order, we abide by that,” he added.
Pandey has had an erratic run in the international cricket so far. He has been in contention for a while now and even scored a maiden ODI hundred against Australia in Sydney in January 2016. But a dismal performance against New Zealand at home in October last year saw him being dropped from the playing XI.
“The game I played in Australia, I batted no.4. That’s where I normally bat, and that’s where I know how many overs I have to play. That’s where I have batted my entire career.
“Batting at no.5 or no.6 was a bit new for me during the New Zealand series, and I think it took me sometime to get used to that situation with only 15-odd overs left in the game. You can’t settle in from that position,” said Pandey.
“You just need to go out and go at everything from ball one. I think I have adapted to that situation well. Let’s see how it goes.”
The 27-year-old has been part of the selectors’ plans throughout and was even named in the original 15-member squad for the Champions Trophy in England. Unfortunately, he got injured and missed the bus. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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