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I Don’t Think I Am Competing With Hardik Pandya Says Vijay Shankar

There hasn’t been a bigger debate in the Indian cricketer arenas than the much discussed choices for the number four conundrum. The MSK Prasad-led national selection panel ended all the speculations by picking Vijay Shankar in the 15-member World Cup 2019 squad due to his “three dimensional” abilities. Shankar was originally picked in the Indian squad in the place of Hardik Pandya for the three ODIs in Australia earlier this year.

The ace all-rounder faced a temporary suspension then following a controversy on air that paved the way for the Tamil Nadu batting all-rounder. Vijay made good utilisation of the opportunity and eventually made it to India’s World Cup squad, pipping a more tried Ambati Rayudu whose form ditched him at a crucial juncture.

However, the 28-year-old’s poor form in the just-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 raised questions over the viability of the decision of playing him at a crucial position in England’s seaming conditions.

He is a terrific cricketer

During a recent interview, Shankar mentioned that he is not at all at competing with Hardik Pandya. He revealed that although both of them are all-rounders, but they are quite different in comparison. Shankar also noted that it would be a great feeling for both of them to contribute in India’s victory.

“I don’t think I am competing with Hardik. He is a terrific cricketer. Yes, we are all-rounders but we are different from each other. And why do we need to compete? It would be great if both of us can contribute in India’s victory,” India.com cited reports quoting Vijay Shankar as saying while answering whether he is in competition with the Baroda all-rounder.

Vijay also likes to hit big sixes but he feels it is more about body balance than sheer power while trying to send the ball sailing into the stands.

“I love hitting those big sixes. The key for me is to retain my shape. I have not been successful when I have tried to muscle the ball but whenever I have held shape, the ball has gone into the stands,” he added.