Vijay Shankar, India all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Shankar must show responsibility and maturity to help India's cause

Despite having precious little exposure at the international level, Vijay Shankar will be called upon to discover copious portions of understanding, maturity and game awareness during the World Cup.

G Rajaraman, May 16, 2019 14:44:40 IST

Vijay Shankar was pitchforked into the national side when Hardik Pandya was summoned home from Australia in January this year. And he quickly showed with his strokeplay that he deserved an extended run at the highest level. He also benefitted from Ambati Rayudu's decline in form as the selectors backed Shankar's ability to play smart cricket as seen in his first innings in Wellington and later against Australia in Nagpur and Ranchi.

File image of Vijay Shankar. AFP

File image of Vijay Shankar. AFP

In Nagpur, he was called upon to the deliver the final over, having but 10 runs to defend against a determined Marcus Stoinis who was leading Australia towards the finish line. Bowling with the calm of a seasoned professional, the 28-year-old claimed the wickets of Stoinis and last man Adam Zampa to emerge as an all-round hero in the match.

He may be called upon to bowl a few overs in some games where the track helps seamers but his batting at No. 6 — where he will most likely be asked to bat much of the time — will be very crucial to the side, no matter what situation he walks in. He will have to be prepared to bat through the innings, responsibly, and must shed his penchant to fritter away his wicket. More so, since he may find himself batting with the lower half of the batting order.

Batting at No 6 calls for a great deal of understanding and maturity, not to speak of an awareness of the ebb and flow of the game. Despite having precious little exposure at the international level, he will be called upon to discover copious portions of understanding, maturity and game awareness during the World Cup. His performance can be quite pivotal to the team's success, even if Hardik Pandya is the more experience all-rounder.

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Updated Date: May 16, 2019 14:44:40 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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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 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
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