With the recent campaign against Australia and New Zealand coming to an end for the men in blue, quite a few positive takes were noted down on the list through individual performances for India as they eye the ICC Cricket World Cup.
One such figure who stood up to expectations was Vijay Shankar. In Hardik Pandya’s absence during the initial stages, the towering all rounder was inducted in the squad versus Australia and New Zealand.
Though he didn’t have much to offer in the nation down under, Vijay Shankar played significant roles with the bat in New Zealand, especially in the final ODI, as well as the three T20Is where he was sent at the number 3 position on a couple of occasions, while scoring 40 odd runs both the times.
The Chennai born cricket was astonished when he was asked to bat at number 3, and has stated the last few months have played a major role in his career, as he got to rub shoulders with the best in the business.
“It was a big surprise for me when they asked me to bat at three. That is a big thing. I was focussed on playing the situation. You need to be open anyway if you are playing for a team like India,” Shankar was quoted as saying in the post-match press conference.
“These (Australia and New Zealand) two series I have learnt a lot. I might not have bowled a lot, but I learnt to bowl in different conditions. In batting, just watching seniors like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and MS Dhoni, how they go about their job, I learnt a lot,” he mentioned.
With Shankar’s consistent display with the bat, a berth in the World Cup squad might be up for grabs. For now, his focus will primarily be in the home series against Australia starting February 24, to solidify his claim.
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