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Promotion to number three was a big surprise: Vijay Shankar

HAMILTON: India all-rounder Vijay Shankar on Sunday mentioned being promoted to bat on the crucial number three position got here as a big marvel to him and he returns home from the maiden excursion of Australia and New Zealand as a far stepped forward cricketer.

Shankar batted at number three in two of 3 T20s towards New Zealand, scoring 43 off 28 balls within the final game and 23 within the series opener.

He made his ODI debut towards Australia at Melbourne and featured in three out of five ODIs and all three T20s towards the Black Caps. The 28-year-old may not have performed enough to stake a powerful declare for a World Cup spot but gave a good account of his all-round skills.

Going ahead, Shankar mentioned he would love to bat higher up the order.

"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," mentioned Shankar after his crew's four-run loss within the third T20.

"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."

The undeniable fact that he had come to New Zealand with the India 'A' crew in December additionally helped him.

He got starts in all three innings within the T20 series but may not play a match-winning knock.

"Even the last game was a learning experience for me. I could have gone for single or a two than go for another boundary," Shankar mentioned.

"I also had a very good opportunity to win this game for the team. If I can win matches for the team, that will automatically help me personally. For me, the most important thing is that I adapt quickly to different conditions and be consistent."

On the tight loss within the series decider where India had been chasing an impressive 213, Shankar mentioned: "We played well right through the 20 overs. Everyone was very positive when we were trying get closer to the total. Eventually we were just one hit away. The result could have been different on another day."

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