“There is pressure, but there is a spot for the taking so I think I’ll be doing the hardwork to try and find a place here,” Pandey said on Tuesday (September 26), two days ahead of the first of the two dead-rubbers against Australia in Bengaluru. “I think so far I’ve got No. 4 [spots] and there are times where batting order has changed a little bit. I will be looking to play most of the games in that order at No.4 and do well for the team. I am here to try and stay for the longest, play a lot of games and win a lot of games for India.”
“I think I’m one of the guys who is getting his chances right now. I think I should be focussing on trying to use the situations and use the opportunities I have in my hand and do well for myself and the team,” Pandey felt.
“That was the plan of the team. Sometimes the plan is when the spinners are on, or somebody who is a little more aggressive who can hit the big sixes, will be padded up. So that was the plan for us. That’s what Ravi bhai said in the meeting. We all are fine with that and it paid off. Hardik played really well at No. 4, got a fifty-plus score. Somebody makes it click while batting at No 4, it’s good for the middle-order,” Pandey said.