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ICC World Cup 2019: It's all about how I prepare, says Vijay Shankar


CHENNAI: Vijay Shankar used to be nonetheless panting as he picked up the telephone for a dialog. He had simply returned home from a training consultation together with his personal coach in Chennai’s gruelling afternoon warmth -- by no means mind that the all-rounder's Indian Premier League season with Sunrisers Hyderabad, which entailed incessant travelling across the length and breadth of India, has simply come to an end. While other players might be taking a breather and saving their energies for the World Cup, the 28-year-old is engaging in two practice periods a day.

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It is a transparent manifestation of his keenness to be fully prepared for all the challenges that the World Cup will offer. He is, lest you overlook, nonetheless very new to international cricket, let alone the pressures and expectancies that accompany representing India in a World Cup. And if that isn’t sufficient, he has also been publicly subsidized by leader selector MSK Prasad for the much-debated and a very powerful No. 4 spot.

“I am somebody who looks to be prepared for the entirety. They have stated that I would possibly bat at No. 4. It is essential for me to stay getting ready for that. The challenges are going to be there, however how I prepare is what matters. It is essential to work on all the issues required,” Vijay instructed TOI, giving a sneak peek into his idea procedure at the moment.

Pressed further on what those challenges of batting at No. 4 might be, Vijay stated it's the unpredictability that includes having to counter different fit eventualities.

“The challenges are going to be there, whether I bat at No. 4 or wherever else. But the biggest problem of batting at No. 4 can be to counter different eventualities,” mentioned Vijay.



There may be circumstances when he has to stroll in throughout the first 10 overs and the overhead prerequisites may be conducive for swing bowling. Equally, there are just right chances of the highest 3 comprising Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli dominating lawsuits, giving Vijay and the rest restricted time to get their eye in and make an impact.

Vijay, though, is without a doubt assured that he can care for these eventualities, given the backing that he has had not too long ago from the likes of Prasad and skipper Virat Kohli.

“The opportunity to play for the country itself offers you just right self belief. And then when there may be such backing, it makes you feel just right and offers you a boost. I have overlooked reasonably a few suits up to now because of injuries. In those occasions, I used to simply focus on doing my rehab. These are issues that experience stood me in just right stead and got me this a ways,” he seen.

If Vijay does get the nod in the enjoying XI for India’s opening sport towards South Africa in Southampton on June five, he'll be enjoying best his 10th ODI, which is a reminder of ways a ways he has are available a short span of time. Experience will not be his best friend at this level then, however he doesn’t see that because the be-all-and-end-all.

“How prepared we are mentally is essential. Most of the players would possibly have played reasonably a few suits, however it is going to nonetheless be the primary World Cup for a lot of them. The World Cup brings a unique problem and pressure. Those are the issues we have to counter. You should be prepared mentally,” he reiterated.



What Vijay does have is revel in of English prerequisites, having been a part of the India A crew that toured United Kingdom ultimate 12 months.

“When I went there ultimate 12 months, it used to be extraordinarily scorching. I think it used to be the hottest summer season in reasonably a few years. I haven't any expectancies or pre-conceived notions. The prerequisites can stay changing in England. I am assured of adapting to regardless of the prerequisites are. Adapting is necessary. There is not any other choice. We should be in a position for that,” he stated.


The 28-year-old may have the additional duty of bowling a few overs of medium-pace here and there. Many really feel he can fit into the position that Mohinder Amarnath played in India’s 1983 World Cup-winning campaign in England, however Vijay doesn’t want to think too a ways.


“Yes, I have been constantly operating on my bowling. As and when the chance comes, I want to be in a position for it,” the all-rounder, who won India a fit towards Australia in Nagpur together with his bowling in the ultimate over, stated.


All this while, what comes via is Vijay’s skill to stay guarded and measure every word. Asked to explain the previous couple of months, he calmly stated, “The dream has all the time been to play for the country. The World Cup is something that has took place in the procedure. I wouldn’t like to think much about it.”


If Vijay and his India team-mates manage to raise the World Cup come July 14, the composure would possibly simply give method to a range of visceral emotions.


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