Mumbai, March 31: Senior all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 after twisting his ankle during India’s last Super 10 game against Australia in Mohali. The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee has approved Manish Pandey as a replacement player for Yuvraj in India's squad for the remainder of the tournament.
The last time Manish Pandey donned the India blue, he scored an ODI century a ton that oozed confidence, maturity and a sense of positivity. Two months later, he is back in the mix, back with the ones he had rubbed shoulders with and received appreciation from the ones who savoured his landmark as much as him.
The 26-year-old Pandey has played two T20Is, which were against Zimbabwe in Harare in July last year. He has also played four ODIs and scored a match-winning century (104 not out) against Australia during India’s tour Down Under earlier this year in the final ODI.
“I was told that I would be the standby for the T20 World Cup so I had even more motivation to train harder and work towards my game. It is very unfortunate for Yuvraj Singh to get injured. Individually it is a good achievement for me to comeback and be a part of the World Cup side. It is a good feeling altogether,” he added.
On a parting note, Pandey said he took a lot of confidence from the century he scored at the SCG. He only wished to get a game and do what’s best for his side. “I take a lot of confidence from my last international game in terms of the attitude, my psyche towards batting and the positivity in the shots I play. That is what I learnt from there and I want to keep it going. I know my role in the team and the things that I am supposed to do. I will focus on that and I am hoping for the best.”
Hosts India, champions of the inaugural edition in 2007, will face 2012 winners the West Indies in the second semi-final in Mumbai on Thursday at 7.00 pm IST.