Sanju Samson support at FIFA World Cup 2022
Sanju Samson is one of India's best batters, but the team management and selectors have never given him regular chances.

Manish Pandey was once touted for a long run with Team India but played only 29 ODIs and 39 T20Is.

He rarely batted at his preferred No.3 spot. Pandey lost his place in the team with the fast pace of the limited-overs formats. He had a habit of taking time before going for shots, ultimately leading to his exclusion from the national team.

The right-handed batter played his last T20I match in 2020, while his last ODI came in 2021.

The selectors focused more on Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, and Shreyas Iyer.

Pandey said he was hoping for a long association with Team India, but a player like Samson needed to be tried out.

“Sanju Samson was playing well, and I thought he should have more games. So there is no hard feeling. But, on a personal front, I would have loved to play more games for the country, but that didn’t happen,” Pandey told Sportskeeda.

Manish hasn’t been in fine form for Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and was released by Lucknow Super Giants ahead of IPL 2023.

“I have been through that situation with the Indian team. Sadly, you get less playing time and are suddenly shown the exit door. I have no one to blame. If I get a chance, I will try my best for the team,” he added.

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