Although India lost the T20I series 1-2 against New Zealand, their young all-rounder Vijay Shankar has impressed everyone. He has looked positive and was over the Nidahas Trophy final debacle. Now he is looking for a World Cup spot.
However it won’t be easy for the all-rounder from Tamil Nadu. This is because the likes of Ambati Rayudu, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, and Ravindra Jadeja might have already confirmed their place in the 15-man squad. Still Vijay has a fair shot at the dice if he continues with his good performance.
In a recent interview with India Today, Shankar lauded former Indian skipper MS Dhoni for everything he has done for the team. Vijay added that he looks up to him definitely. In the interview he said:
For someone like me, I try and learn from watching each and every player we have in our team because everyone has done something in the past and they have won matches for the team especially Dhoni, who has done a lot for the team. I definitely look up to him.
“Every tour, every game is very important for me. In the matches that I have played in so far, I think I have reasonably done quite well but I could have done a lot better. It is a great learning for me. I am just looking to get better everyday,” he added.
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I want to be flexible for the team: Shankar
When asked in the interview on how he can contribute to the team, the youngster said he wants to be flexible. He wants to bat at any given position and bowl under any circumstances. He also said that the only way forward is to perform consistently.
“The most important thing for us is to be really consistent and adapt ourselves to different conditions and keep performing. I think this is the only thing which can keep pushing us. T20 is such a format where we need to be flexible, as batsman we need to know the situation and be aware of what is happening around. I look to be flexible and give my best to my team,” the 28-year-old said.
India will next play a two-T20I and five-ODI series against Australia at home. If Shankar gets selected in the squad, he would love to get some substantial performances under his belt.