‘If I focus on Hardik Pandya, I won’t be able to play my game’: Vijay Shankar
By: PTI | New Delhi |

Published: May 21, 2020 6:56:11 pm

Vijay Shankar has performed 12 ODIs and eight T20Is for India. (Source: Reuters)

Vijay Shankar wouldn’t torment himself by pondering that it’s not he however Hardik Pandya, who’s Indian staff’s most well-liked all-rounder within the white-ball format, because the Tamil Nadu cricketer is focussed at churning out match-winning performances to keep within the combine.

The 29-year-old was a part of India’s World Cup marketing campaign however an ankle harm minimize quick his journey.

Since then, he hasn’t been a part of the senior staff with Shivam Dube coming rather than an injured Pandya. Now with a fit-again Pandya again within the combine, the wait for one more nationwide comeback may be longer.

“If it starts affecting me (that Hardik is the No 1 choice), then I will lose out on games that I have with me. If I focus on the games that I have and have match-winning performances, then my name will be there in the circuit (reckoning),” Vijay advised PTI throughout an interview.

“If I perform, people will talk about me and if some opportunity arises, I will be getting into the Indian side. So I can’t think about what other players are doing,” stated Vijay, who performed 12 ODIs and eight T20Is for India.

Vijay stated that he’s not being a mere survivor within the Indian staff however somebody who can carry out for very long time.

“My dream is not just to get there and be a mere survivor. Only if I excel, can I prolong my international career. It’s important for us to be at our best when we go to the international level.”

But for that, the person with 45 first-class video games beneath his belt desires a everlasting batting place within the Tamil Nadu set-up which might give him a chance to rating extra runs.

“Over the years, if you see, I have batted in all middle-order slots and adapted to the needs of the team. However, when people ask me what my goal is, I tell them that I need to have a fixed batting position. If I bat at Number 3 or 4, then only can I think about all these goals,” he stated.

“If I am always shifting my batting position, then I will only end up getting those 30s and 40s,” he opined.

World Cup was a golden alternative and he admitted that Afghanistan recreation ended up being a missed likelihood.

“I missed out on two opportunities and one was against Afghanistan (he scored 29). Against West Indies, I got a good delivery. Before that I had successive 40 plus scores against New Zealand in a tough game and against Australia. Had I converted even one start into a big knock, it would have been a different story,” he rued.

Vijay has an astro-turf wicket on the rooftop of his residence however in the course of the lockdown, he didn’t hit the nets.

“Usually, I call two or three people who come and bowl or give throwdowns. Due to the lockdown, I wasn’t able to call anyone so just did my exercises. I hope I can now start training.”

A lesser-known reality about Vijay is his patronage for Tamil Nadu’s bodily challenged cricket staff, the place a lot of the gamers are day by day wage earners struggling due to the lockdown.

“I have been the gamers for the final three years, and this time in the course of the lockdown, I helped them with some cash in order that they don’t go hungry.

“Earlier, I had sponsored the TN physically challenged team with their jerseys and one of them (Sachin Shiva) represented national team for physically challenged. The best gift was ‘thank you’ messages from some of them,” he concluded.

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