The Tamil Nadu all-rounder had started as a batting all-rounder in his early days.
Along with Vijay Shankar, the team also features spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Murali Vijay.
Pandey scored 60 off 45 with four boundaries and a couple of sixes.
Tamil Nadu lost Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final to Karnataka by one run.
Manish Pandey played a valiant role both with his bat as well as a leader.
Tamil Nadu lost the Final in Surat by a mere one run.
Ashwin couldn't take his team over the line, despite his 9-ball 16 in the death overs.
It is a repeat of the Vijay Hazare final as Tamil Nadu and Karnataka face off for the T20 title.
Washington Sundar is averaging 61.75 with the bat in this tournament
Despite putting up a brilliant sow on the final day, Mumbai failed to make it to the semifinals.