Despite scoring a century on the recent tour of Australia, Manish Pandey failed to find a place in the Indian squad for the World Twenty 20 Championship.
It’s Ajinkya Rahane who got the nod from the selection committee instead of him.
If the comparison is made between Rahane and Pandey, the latter is probably a better T20 player as he has got the combination of the power and the touch game.
Rahane, on the other hand, is all about touch game and although, he can play his shots from time to time, he can’t be expected to just blow the opposition away with his hitting.
He is a good option to have at the top of the order for you as a captain, but, if the ball has got old and the pitch has got a little bit slow, he would not be your preferred choice to be out there in the middle.
But, that’s not the case with Pandey. He can go both ways.
He can open the innings as well and can play conventional Cricket shots against the new ball to collect boundaries and he can then start cross-batting too once the innings progresses and reaches its business end.
However, since Rahane has featured in big tournaments quite a lot in the last 3-4 seasons, he is much ahead of Pandey from experience point of view and that’s the reason, the selectors have gone with him.
However, there is not much probability for Rahane to be in the first choice XI of India and he is more likely to get the opportunity only if one of the regular batsmen get injured or get terribly out of sorts.
India’s first game in the World Championship, which is starting next month, is against the Black Caps.