India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli feels Vijay Shankar could be a back-up all-rounder for overseas tours

Kohli made it clear that he wants Shankar to get a feel of the Indian team's set-up and know what he needs to do to become a top notch international player.

PTI, Nov 23, 2017 13:59:08 IST

Nagpur: Hardik Pandya is India's first-choice seam bowling all-rounder and the team management is looking at young Vijay Shankar as a back-up all-rounder with same skill sets for tough overseas assignments, skipper Virat Kohli said on Thursday.

With Pandya being rested for the Sri Lanka Test series, Shankar was called as replacement of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the second match but Kohli dropped hints that the 26-year-old may be a contender for a slot in the national team for the South African tour, early next year.

"Well, he (Shankar) has been very consistent and has earned his spot. We wanted to have a look at another all- rounder keeping in mind this aspect (batsman who bowls medium pace) of the team going forward," Kohli said when asked about his take on the Tamil Nadu cricketer.

File image of Indian captain Virat Kohli. AP

File image of Indian captain Virat Kohli. AP

"Obviously, Hardik is in our scheme of things as first all rounder but we need to find out more people with that kind of ability whom we can groom and make as back ups for all- rounder's spot when we travel abroad."

Kohli made it clear that he wants Shankar to get a feel of the Indian team's set-up and know what he needs to do to become a top notch international player.

"The whole mindset of bringing him and keeping him in the set-up is to make him familiar with whats going on here and so that he understands what all he needs to work on his game as well," the captain said.

He may not have seen Shankar in match situation beyond a few IPL games but he seemed impressed with his batting ability during the net session and is confident that he can slip in 10-12 overs as the fifth bowler.

"He is a pretty balanced cricketer. Pretty composed, great fielder, handy with the ball and can easily can give you 10-12 overs a day. He is very solid with the bat of what I saw at the nets today. So big moment for him, he has earned it as I said, added Kohli.

Updated Date: Nov 23, 2017 14:50:36 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254