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Learnt a lot watching Dhoni during run chases: Shankar

CHENNAI: Vijay Shankar, who has made a powerful case for himself to be incorporated in India's World Cup sure squad, feels that his largest takeaway from the Australia and New Zealand sequence is finding out the "art of chasing" from none as opposed to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Shankar had some respectable performances with the bat during the New Zealand leg, now desires to finish video games like Dhoni.

"I was happy to be around with the seniors. Just watching them prepare for matches and learning. Moreover, I learnt a lot by watching Dhoni during run chases. I learnt a lot about how to pace an innings, especially during chases. I learnt about his mindset," Shankar, who returned on Monday, advised PTI during an interaction.

For him, it was like living a dream as he shared the dressing room with Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

"It was a great experience to share the dressing room with names like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma. It is important to watch and learn from the seniors in the team," the soft-spoken Shankar stated.

Shankar, who had confessed after the overall T20 International that he was surprised when promoted up the order to No three, stated that he was specifically advised by means of the team control prior to the beginning of the sequence.

"I was surprised but at the same time was very happy to be asked to bat at number three. I was told before the series started that I would bat at one-drop. In T20s, there is not much time to settle down and the approach needs to be positive."

Though he got a few 40's, Shankar lamented that he couldn't take the team house during the overall T20 International.

"I thought I should have got more runs. Also, I felt disappointed that I could not take the team home in the third T20. I had the chance. It is a learning experience for me. I need to adapt faster and also be consistent..." he added.

He got the most important partnership with Ambati Rayudu in Wellington ODI when India had been 18 for four and he beloved batting in difficult stipulations.

"When I walked in at 18 for 4, it was all about playing time and building a partnership (with Rayudu). It was a good challenge as the New Zealand bowlers were bowling well. We had a good partnership. I should have gone on and made a big score..." he added.

The Tamil Nadu all-rounder, who has been around the India 'A' set-up for a while prior to graduating to the senior facet, stated his focal point is on consistent improvement whilst including that he noticed each and every match as an opportunity to do smartly.

"I have done the hard work and got the opportunity in the national team. Now my focus is on constant improvement. I have to step up and do well in every match I get to play. I see each game as an opportunity to do well," he added.

Asked about leader selector MSK Prasad's contemporary statement that he was within the reckoning for a place within the World Cup squad, the all-rounder performed it down.

"I don't want to think too far ahead. I want to do well in every game. Every day is important for me..." he stated.

"I still need to fine-tune a few things. I will also work with my childhood coach S Balaji, a former ICF cricketer, with whom I have worked for more than 13 years, whenever I am in Chennai," he added.

The 28-year-old Tamil Nadu cricketer, who made his ODI debut against Australia on the Melbourne Cricket Ground prior to the New Zealand sequence, stated it was a large thing and "a happy feeling" to get started at an iconic venue.

"Yeah... to make my ODI debut at the MCG was a big thing and a happy feeling. Having watched so many matches and dreamt of playing at such venues, I was delighted to play there," he added.

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