The Indian Premier League franchises had announced their release and retention list of players for the 16th edition of the tournament on November 15. The announcement came as a huge blow as several big names were released by the teams. Punjab Kings decided to part ways with their last edition skipper Mayank Agarwal, while IPL giants Chennai Super Kings parted ways with West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, after being linked with him for 11 years. However, Indian batter Manish Pandey, who was released by Lucknow Super Giants, revealed that he was not even aware of his departure from the team and heard the same thing on the day of the announcement.
“No, I never got a call. I didn’t hear it until the day the list was announced. There was no real communication, but yeah, that’s good. As players you have to be ready. Because if you don’t play a lot of games , I understand from LSG’s point of view that they wanted to release me and get some extra money in the pot for some other players or whatever the plan is,” Manish Pandey told Sportskeeda.
When asked if he has any contact with any other franchise, Pandey said: “I have no contact with any of the other teams at the moment. I just want to do well in these games and let’s see where fate takes me. .”
Pandey played 29 ODIs and 39 T20Is for Team India, but after the ODI series against Sri Lanka in 2021, he was dropped. Batters like Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson were considered as they proved their worth with flying colors. Pandey stated that he always wants to make a comeback in the team, but he is also happy with the inclusion of Sanju Samson.
“Look, individually I would feel a bit sad about it. But I’m sure I was happy for them no matter what calls the Indian team took or who played a certain number of matches. Sanju hit well so I thought he had should get games now and he did,” said Pandey.
“So no hard feelings. But on a personal level I would of course like to play many more matches and prove myself at the highest level. But unfortunately that didn’t happen. Maybe see how it goes from now on.” he added.
In 29 ODIs, the 33-year-old batsman scored 566 runs at a batting frequency of 90.56, with a century and two half centuries to his name. In T20Is he has played 39 games and scored 709 runs in three half-centuries.
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