Manish Pandey hopes to carry 'A' series form against Sri Lanka


South Africa's challenge surprisingly faded in their 3-1 loss to England while West Indies' woes were perhaps aptly summed up by legendary fast bowler Curtly Ambrose, who said his national side would have to play out of their skin to even compete against England in their ongoing series.

With Sri Lanka's continued struggle in all formats of the game, it is no surprise that Gavaskar expects India to have it easy in the ODI series as well.

But, in these 9 years, he has played a lot of cricket for India and mastered the art of chasing.

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Sri Lanka are now ranked eighth with 88 points.

"Talking about the injury, it was a very sad part because I missed two crucial series-the IPL and the Champions Trophy. I got a six-week rest", said Pandey on Friday. The India A Captain was the highest run-scorer in the tri-series in South Africa, having raced up 307 runs at a strike rate of 85.99. The experiment did not turn out well and he lost his place. The other day there were biscuits in the changing room and I informed the catering staff to take them out as our trainer did not want the players to eat them. But he gradually faded away during the 3-2 home ODI series win over New Zealand, where he was pushed down from his No 4 batting slot.

"It took me some time to get used to that situation and with only 15 overs left in the game where you just can't do really much". You can't settle in from that position, you just need to go out and go at everything from ball one. "I think it's been like that for a long time".

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It lifted his Test wicket haul to 292 in 52 Tests at an average of 25.26 with many of them since he worked successfully on remodelling his technique two years ago. "When the players heard this rumour, they even called me and told me not to worry and they all know that the news was not true and that they are all behind me", Gurusinha claimed. But if the team thinks somebody else can do that role really well, and KL has been batting really well in the Tests, I would love to see that happen.

One hopes that Sri Lanka can come up with good cricket and make something out of this ODI series, and send a strong answer to their critics.

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