Another of my promised but undelivered (and promising but underperforming) irregular columns, alongwith the rushmore and petered-out talents, would be talentwatch. It should be a lot more low-maintenance: just see a good young player, and suggest him / her to the world. Let me see if I can maintain this.
And now to this week’s talent.
Player – Manish Pandey.
Country – India.
Short Summary – A compact, extremely aggressive player who can nonetheless build innings, he plays for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy and for Bangalore Royal Challengers in the IPL. While most of you would remember him as the first Indian to score an IPL century, he has now developed into quite a player. Pandey was one of the stars of Karnataka’s march to the Ranji finals for the 2009-10 season, and sometimes even put the illustrious Rahul Dravid in the shadows with his performances. The 194 against Uttar Pradesh, one of the best Ranji teams in recent times, was a highlight. Has continued his performances into the IPL 2010, and has developed a fine opening partnership for the BRC with Jacques Kallis.
Strengths – All shots in the book. Very little fear. Agile, athletic fielding.
Prediction – Will play for India within the next two years.