Bat is mightier than gun for Pandey

Published: Friday, May 22, 2009, 11:55 [IST]
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Manish Pandey rules out career in Army

Centurion: Manish Pandey who became the first Indian to slam century in the IPL, said that he has made the right choice in cricket than in a career in Army.

It was Pandey's unbeaten century (114) that helped Royal Challengers Bangalore to thrash Deccan chargers and secure a semi final spot in the IPL.

Manish Pandey said joining Army was second career option for him but now he need not pursue that.

Pandey first Indian to score IPL ton

"I think the plan has changed now. I just had an option that if cricket would not work for me then I would join the Army," he told official IPL website.

Pandey thanked his captain Anil Kumble and coach Ray Jennings' for their aid and support given to him.

"In the team meeting he (Kumble) told me that I would open the innings today. He said he has faith in me and told me to back my abilities. He said the track looked good and no matter how badly I played I would still score good runs.

"Jennings told me to play my natural game. He told me not to fear failure and to have fun in the centre," he said.

Pandey was ecstatic after scoring a match winning century.

"It is amazing. I just thought I would back myself today. And it worked. I realised only when I reached 87 that I could make a century here. I am happy to match AB de Villiers feat of scoring a century in the IPL tournament in South Africa.


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