The upcoming tour of Australia will witness some youngsters grabbing the opportunity and impressing the selectors.



Among all the young guns who are currently in Australia, all eyes are on Manish Pandey who, if picked has to deliver the goods.

The axing of Suresh Raina has opened a slot in the lower middle-order and Pandey has the chance to cement his place. But, he has a competitor in Gurkeerat Singh Mann who is also eyeing the same spot.

Skipper MS Dhoni in his pre-departure press conference made it clear that Pandey was jostling with Gurkeerat Singh Mann for a place in the playing XI.

"One of the youngsters Gurkeerat or Manish Pandey will get to play at either Nos 5, 6 or 7. We have four very good top order batsmen (Shikhar, Rohit, Kohli and Rahane). No. 6 or 7 is the most difficult spot for any batter. In the past we have tried many people but very few have succeeded in that position. That's why Suresh Raina was good. Depending on how well they play, we will evaluate. I feel No. 5 is good slot for a newcomer," Dhoni said.

Pandey slammed a brilliant 71 on debut in Zimbabwe in 2015 but he is often tagged as a 't20 specialist'.

"Recently, I've done well in the One-dayers in domestic cricket. For the last couple of years, I've started to apply myself more. There might be an image of me playing my strokes and be known as a T20 batsman, but its high time I prove myself in the ODI format as well," Pandey speaking to a national newspaper said.

He became the first Indian batsman to hit a century in the IPL and on the back of a good domestic season, Pandey has the ability to impress Dhoni and the Indian team management.


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