World cricket has seen plenty of unusual shots so far and one of them has added to the list from Manish Pandey. He hit a front-kick uppercut today off young Kartik Tyagi while playing against Rajasthan Royals.
While chasing 221, Manish Pandey faced four consecutive dot balls in the first four balls. To release the pressure, he invented a new shot of his own when Kartik Tyagi bowled a bumper on the fifth ball as well. However, he didn’t expect it as his feet were above. While many would have taken a dot on it, he played an uppercut after opening the face of the bat and the ball went over the head of the keeper and ended up reaching the boundary as well.
While the shot was new in the circuit, many named it as the “Pandey uppercut”.
Manish Pandya invents new shot 🤣🔥 pic.twitter.com/CyNV5jvt1U
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The talent of Manish Pandey: Looks like a fish out of water while batting but still scores a boundary
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However, SRH has lost the game as their middle order failed to step up. After the defeat, the newly appointed captain Kane Williamson said: “A tough day. A very competitive total from RR. It was Jos’ day and he was outstanding. With the bat you do need to get a few things to go your way and when you’re losing wickets it makes it all the more harder to chase 220. We have had a lot of challenges over the last three weeks, but we need to make small adjustments and put in improved performances. Jos and Sanju were key, so we wanted Rashid to bowl as many deliveries as possible against them. It is a bit of character building for us, so we just need to swallow it and move ahead.”
He continued: “This game can change quickly and it is a game of fine lines. We just need to be clear of what we want to do each day. [On leaving the fifth bowler for the end] It wasn’t the initial plan, but we wanted to use our resources and it was a decision we had to make. Those are the risks you need to take and not let the game just unfold. Exceptional batting from Rajasthan, you just have to tip your hats off to them. There are number of leaders in the group. It’s important we stay tight. And for us it about building as a side and make adjustments. Rather than over-search for the win, we just have to be clear about how we need to operate. Warner is a world class table, the cards are on the table and I am sure there are a number of conversations to be had.”