Team India’s middle order batsman Manish Pandey said on Tuesday, that there was pressure in the middle-order and he was working hard to try and find a place in the playing XI. Pandey, who has played 17 ODIs for India, had scored two half-centuries in three innings on his comeback tour of Sri Lanka earlier this month but was not among the runs in the first two ODIs against Australia before making an unbeaten 36 in Indore.
“Definitely, there is pressure in the middle-order. I would like to play more games and win matches for India. I am doing the hard work to try and find a place for me in the playing XI,” he said ahead of the fourth ODI against Australia on Thursday.
He played at number four in Chennai and Kolkata before Hardik Pandya’s surprise promotion brought him down to number six in Indore.
“It is completely different when you are playing number three, four or six. It is all about the mindset. It is about aggressiveness. I would like to spend more time on the wicket to make myself feel at ease at the crease,” he said.
With his Karnataka teammate K L Rahul warming the bench in this series, Pandey knows he has to keep performing.