“So far so good”, this has been the story for Team India in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. Placed second on the points table, the Virat Kohli-captained side is the only unbeaten team in the tournament. However, one of their members, Vijay Shankar, making his maiden appearance in the mega event, hasn’t had the best of outings so far. In his first match versus Pakistan, he came to bowl in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and ended up picking up a couple of crucial wickets. But with the bat, he has been a tad disappointing.
The Tamil Nadu-cricketer could manage only 29 against Afghanistan after which part-timer Rahmat Shah trapped him in front. But he was involved in a 50 plus partnership with the very experienced MS Dhoni. Against the Jason Holder-captained Windies, speedster Kemar Roach produced a peach of a delivery to get rid of the right-hander for 14.
There’s not much to be tinkered
Meanwhile, Shankar has got the backing of his skipper Virat Kohli and he has said that it’s a matter of time before he gets going with the willow. Though Shankar couldn’t covert his start against the Afghans, Kohli was happy with the application he showed in that encounter.
“It’s a strange one because he had a decent game against Pakistan. I think against Afghanistan on that pitch he looked really assured. Shot selection, again, we discussed with him for that game. Last game, again, he came out, he looked really good, and he got a beautiful ball from Kemar Roach. So you can’t really sit down and pinpoint things,” Kohli said while intereacting with the media on the eve of their match against England in Birmingham.
“But I personally felt he looked really solid. There’s not much that needs to be tinkered. Sometimes in cricket you just need a bit of luck to get over from 30 to 60, and then you play a defining knock for the team. He’s very close to that, and we’re very confident he’s going to end up playing that kind of knock for us,” Virat added.