New Delhi: Though Team India ended the recent Australia tour on a historic note, not all was well during the ODIs.
When the chips were down, Manish Pandey's stunning century in the 5th ODI not only helped MS Dhoni's side to restore some respectability to the score line but also gain confidence.
Many believe the right-hander's unbeaten ton helped shift the momentum in India's favor, which then culminated in a 3-0 T20I series win.
Speaking to the Indian Express, the Karnataka batsman revealed his thought process during the 5th ODI in Syndey.
“I was just thinking of all the good innings I have played till date. I was visualizing all the hundreds I have scored, from junior to senior cricket and IPL to Ranji games. I was just remembering those innings even when I get out from the team bus. I just wanted to get a good feeling before I go out to bat. I knew that I will be batting at number four as Ajinkya (Rahane) was injured. I have been playing at number four for a long time for Karnataka. So I knew how to pace and build my innings. The way I saw the first few balls of which I was getting ones and twos, I realized that the ground is mine now,” he said.
On successfully completing the record run chase, Pandey was obviously treated like a hero when he made his way back into the dressing room.
Apart from the applause, the 26-year-old shared some interesting things that Team India's most important members said to him after the win.
Ravi Shastri: Well done, it was a magical to see you bat like that, it was a great innings.
Virat Kohli: I haven’t seen such kind of match winning innings after a long time.
MS Dhoni: Keep learning from all these things.
Despite the heroics in his last outings, Pandey was not picked for the T20 squad for Asia Cup and the ICC World T20.
However the ability to play big knocks in important games is Pandey's greatest strength and is bound to make it difficult for selectors to not pick him going forward.