New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Manish Pandey completed 3000 runs in the Indian Premier League during match against Rajasthan Royals at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.  Pandey is the 16th player to reach this milestone in the IPL history. In 137 appearances, he has amassed over 3032 runs at an average of 29.43 and a strike rate of over 120. 

Pandey was thrust into limelight with his incredible knock of 114 -- the first century by an Indian player in IPL -- for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against Deccan Chargers in the second season of the cash-rich league. He held the record for the highest score made by an Indian player in IPL until Rishabh Pant broke it in 2018 by scoring 128 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Pandey played for Pune Warriors and Kolkata Knight Riders before being acquired by Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whooping sum of Rs 11 crore in the 2018 auction. In 2019, he scored 344 runs in 12 matches at an average of 43 and a strike rate of over 130.  

Four years prior to being signed by Hyderabad, the right-handed batsman had played a defining knock of 94 against Kolkata Knight Riders against Kings XI Punjab in the final match of the 2014 edition of the IPL. The innings helped Kolkata Knight Riders pull off the highest chase in the IPL final and lift the IPL trophy for the second time.

Pandey's 44-ball 54 guided Sunrisers Hyderabad to 158 against Rajasthan Royals in game 26th of the Indian Premier League 2020. The innings included two fours and three sixes. 

Posted By: Lakshay Raja