Right-arm Seam-bowling all-rounder Vijay Shankar staunched into the limelight with an impressive performance in the recently concluded second ODI against Australia in Nagpur. He first contributed with a significant 41-ball 46-run knock and then bowled a fabulous final under some immense pressure, to guide India towards a phenomenal 8-run victory. With this splendid all-round performance, Shankar has surely presented a strong case for himself in front of the national selectors for a probable 2019 World Cup spot.
Shankar deserves a World Cup spot ahead of Jadeja
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly also feels that Shankar deserves to be part of the Indian squad for the 2019 World Cup. He revealed that the Tamil Nadu lad should be considered ahead of his all-rounder competitor, Ravindra Jadeja. Ganguly praised Shankar for his remarkable bowling performance in the pressure situation in Nagpur.
“Ravindra Jadeja should not be in the World Cup team. Vijay Shankar bowled beautifully in the Nagpur match. I think Vijay deserves his World Cup spot,” said Sourav Ganguly in a conversation with PTI.
Virat should continue to bat at the No.3 slot
Recently, there is a discussion going around in the Indian cricket regarding Kohli probably being slotted at the No.4 spot in the upcoming World Cup. Indian head coach Ravi Shastri was the first person to bring the theory into play when he mentioned that Virat Kohli could bat at the No 4 slot in case the situation demands so in the upcoming 2019 World Cup. Earlier, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and chief selector MSK Prasad backed Shastri’s thinking, while Kohli also mentioned that he is willing to bat at the No.4 position for the team’s betterment.
Ganguly is the most recent person to take part in the discussion. He reckons that Kohli should bat at his usual No.3 spot. The former Indian cricketer also noted that Rayudu, Dhoni and Kedar should bat at 4, 5 and 6 respectively. “Virat should bat in is usual number 3 slot. Rayudu at 4, Dhoni at 5 and Kedar at number 6,” concluded the former Indian skipper.