Comeback stint working well for Punjab opener Manan
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While he can look back and say 2012 was a nightmare, Manan Vohra will end 2013 on a very happy note. Injuries and bad luck had been plaguing the Chandigarh-based opener last year, but when he got his chances this time, he didn't let them go. As he slammed a career-best 187 against Jharkhand in the last league match and gave Punjab a good chance of making it to the knockouts of Ranji Trophy this season, Manan reposed the faith shown in him by the state selectors.
Till now, Manan has scored 343 runs in the four matches he has played so far and his batting may have also solved the jigsaw puzzle that was the Punjab opening pair. Manan has had to work hard for the results. A knee injury had kept him out of cricket but he used the off season to work both on his batting as well as physical fitness. He hit back-to-back centuries for Punjab in the C K Nayuddu Under-25 tournament and that was enough for the selectors to usher him into the Ranji XI. In his comeback match against Vidarbha, Manan scored an impressive 52 runs in the second innings. He could have easily made a hundred seeing the confidence in his batting but he got run out. In the next match against Karnataka, while all struggled against the opposition bowlers, Manan stood tall and scored 69 runs in the first innings at Hubli. Although, Punjab lost the match, Manan did leave a mark. But he gave glimpse of his talent when he played a commendable innings of 187 runs against Jharkhand in the first innings, laying a firm platform for Punjab. Jharkhand being 210 for 9 at the end of the second day's play in their first-innings, puts Punjab in a commanding position in the match.