Manish Pandey, one of the most promising Indian batters, can become of the top buys for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Indian Premier League (IPL) Mega Auction for the 2022 edition. The debate has been heating up on various social media platforms between the fans as the speculations have gone through the roof for Manish Pandye going to RCB as some reports suggested that he can become the captain as well.
It is noteworthy that Manish Pandey has had featured in the RCB squad in the 2009 franchise. Pandey holds the prestigious record of being the first Indian batter to score a century in IPL. The knock was crucial in terms of taking the team to the finals in 2009. Since then, Manish Pandey has played for several franchises like Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Pune Warriors India (PWI), and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
With SRH retaining Manish Pandey ahead of the mega auction, the top-order batter can be on the wish-list of many franchises. With Devdutt Padikkal not being retained by the RCB think tank, Pandey can be the solution for RCB’s top-order woes. He has been an explosive batter at the top and has played spectacular knocks while opening the innings.
With former RCB skipper Virat Kohli opening the batting for the franchise, Manish Pandey can very well fit the bill as a number three in the squad. While playing in domestic tournaments for Karnataka, the stylish batter usually bats at number three.
Those who have seen Pandey’s field will never doubt his fielding abilities. Manish Pandey has always been known as a gun fielder, who has taken some jaw-dropping catches on a plethora of occasions. Fielding is an important aspect in T20 cricket and Pandey is a terrific fielder with a pair of safe hands.
With Virat Kohli resigning as the RCB skipper after the conclusion of IPL 2021, Manish Pandey can serve as an ideal option as the captain for the franchise. He has been brilliant at captaining Karnataka in domestic tournaments like the Ranji Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy.