His outing with the Sunrisers Hyderabad has raised a lot of questions for Shankar’s batting at the No.4 position. The all-rounder of the team, Vijay Shankar said that he is thankful that the team management has shown trust in him and he got this opportunity. He further said that he is geared up whatever role the Indian team management wants him to play. Shankar has been recognized as one of frontrunners for the Indian ODI squad, since the drop of Ambati Rayudu from the No.4 position for the World Cup.
While MSK Prasad was announcing the team for the World Cup 2019 to be commencing from May 30 in England and Wales, he named Vijay Shankar as a three-dimensional player. Prasad further said that his skills triumph over Rayudu and so the team settled with Shankar for the position of the World Cup.
The most important thing is that the team management has shown trust in me said Shankar
Shankar on the contrary said that he always had the desire to be picked up in the World Cup and he had the faith in the team management regarding his hard work and game play.
“I had a decent run when I batted at No.3 in the T20 series in New Zealand. The most important thing is that the team management has shown trust in me and believes I can do the job. That gives you extra motivation. The need of the team is my priority and I am always ready to adapt to situations and conditions,” said Shankar.
To be a part of the Indian team is something we all dream about said Shankar
He further said that he is enjoying playing right now and doesn’t want to put any pressure on himself. “I am enjoying myself and don’t put any pressure on myself. I like to read the situation and play accordingly. I give importance to work ethics and there is no shortcut,” he said.
He is playing in a good space right now and is waiting for the World Cup to be played in England and Wales. “First of all to be a part of the Indian team is something we all dream about when we start playing. I am someone who looks to imbibe things from [Virat] Kohli, Mahi bhai [MS Dhoni] or Rohit [Sharma]. I always believe in watching and learning from them. I have interacted with them to help me improve as a cricketer. They have told me that I am doing my job and the focus should be on keeping things simple,” he further added.