3. Trying different options with Vijay Shankar
When Hardik Pandya was suspended due to his controversial comments in a TV show, Indian squad looked in disarray. But it was Vijay Shankar who showed everyone that there is another top quality all-rounder like him present.
The fans got the first instance of Shankar when he fluffed his lines in the Nidahas Trophy final. But against the Kiwis, he showed that he has a lot more to give. His bowling isn’t tested to the hilt, but his batting has impressed everyone.
The right-hander has the ability to hit the ball anywhere across the ground. As Kedar Jadhav is highly injury-prone, the management might think of Shankar at No. 6. At that position he would give the batting order enough strength. In addition to that he can roll over his arms if needed.
Due to his impressive performances in New Zealand, Shankar has been given the chance to cement his position. As a result his state compatriot Karthik had to sit out so that Shankar can display his talents.