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While batting with Dhoni, you've to be ready in every way: Vijay Shankar

NEW DELHI: India all-rounder Vijay Shankar was heading against the dressing room after his follow consultation ahead of the third and ultimate T20I vs New Zealand. He unexpectedly heard a voice and stopped. Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma was dashing against him. Rohit gave him a brief message and left. The message was “Vijay, be ready to bat at number three”. Shankar had batted at number three and 4 within the two T20Is performed sooner than the series-decider and authorized the challenge of occupying a key batting slot.

"After the follow consultation, Rohit came and told me that I will be able to be batting at number three and stated be 'prepared for that'. I prepared myself (mentally) for the challenge. It was a good thing for me to bat up the order and contribute for the team,” Shankar told in an interview.

The resolution to make Shankar bat ahead of Rishabh Pant at number three paid off. The 28-year-old scored a brilliant 43 off 28 balls, smashing five obstacles and two sixes in his knock. Shankar, actually, was the top-scorer for India in that tournament. Unfortunately his efforts weren't sufficient to take the Men in Blue to a series-clinching win, because the vacationers lost the deciding T20I via four runs.

“I need to be an asset to the team who can bat or bowl in any situation and at any place,” the all-rounder from Tamil Nadu stated.

“I didn’t prepare another way. I simply went and performed my herbal sport. When I go the nets, I all the time take a look at to learn new things. I am an all-rounder and have to be good in both departments (batting and bowling). Sometimes you fail with the bat after which you have to do neatly with the ball. When you fail with the ball, you have to do neatly along with your willow,” Shankar stated.


Shankar was part of the ODI squad in New Zealand as neatly and performed three matches. However, he controlled to bat in only one, where he scored 45 runs. He additionally bowled 10 overs within the three matches, without taking a wicket.

It was the T20I collection wherein Shankar were given the opportunities to bat incessantly. He completed the collection because the fourth highest run-getter with 84 runs and a top ranking of 43 (within the ultimate T20).

For Shankar, even though, the largest takeaway from the New Zealand tour was gaining the team’s confidence and picking up tips from former captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

“It was a large thing for me to percentage the pitch with a legend like Dhoni. When you're batting with him, be ready in each and every side. You wish to be very rapid. I learnt learn how to be fast between the wickets and learn how to keep calm in run-chases,” Shankar stated.

“When I used to be bowling, he (Dhoni) was telling me to bowl extra at the stumps. He is a legend and taking tips from him is a large thing for me and other cricketers as neatly,” he stated.


In many ways, the New Zealand collection was redemption for Shankar. The all-rounder was brutally trolled via fans all over the Nidahas Trophy ultimate towards Bangladesh ultimate 12 months, sooner than Dinesh Karthik bailed India out with a match-winning six within the summit clash to clinch the identify. Chasing a stiff 167 from 20 overs for victory within the ultimate, Shankar had scored 17 from 19 balls. He performed out four successive dot balls within the 18th over.

But Shankar’s temperament and skill to care for pressure seems to be changing.

“Honestly, that (Nidahas ultimate) was a huge learning curve for me. After that I had a decent IPL. As a cricketer, you need to keep transferring and learning every day. I learnt my classes and have moved on,” Shankar told

With the ICC World Cup 2019 across the nook, Shankar is a large contender for a place in India's 15-man squad, however the all-rounder does not need to center of attention on what can also be.

“I simply need to take it one step at a time. I need to perform for the team. If I win matches for my team, via my own, things will robotically go in a favorable way. Let this resolution be with the selectors. I'm really not fascinated about this (World Cup) at this time. Winning matches for my team and making improvements to my sport are my priorities for now,” Shankar stated.

With the selectors scheduled to meet on February 15 to pick out the squad for the upcoming house limited-overs collection towards Australia, Shankar's identify may just neatly be on that squad record.

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