Chennai: For somebody taking child steps in worldwide cricket, Vijay Shankar is relieved that he could have his statemates MS Washington Sundar and senior professional Dinesh Karthik for firm, when he embarks on his maiden overseas task in Sri Lanka with the Rohit Sharma-led Indian group for the Nidahas T20 Trophy.Familiarity in unknown situations is a bonus and Shankar admits that in an interplay. “It is a familiar dressing room, having played with most of the team members (for India A), who have been chosen for the series in Sri Lanka. It will be nice to have them (Karthik and Sundar) also in the dressing room,” Shankar mentioned.
The Tamil Nadu all-rounder, who was a part of the group for 2 Tests through the Test collection in opposition to Sri Lanka final yr, mentioned that sharing dressing room helped him study so much. “Being part of the national Test set-up is an experience I enjoyed. I learnt by watching the players prepare for matches. I have also been working on my bowling, trying a lot of new things,” he added.
While he has had respectable performances, Shankar termed his inclusion as a “pleasant surprise”. Being a seam bowling all-rounder, the nationwide selectors are taking a look at him instead of Hardik Pandya.
“I am very happy to have got the call-up. It is a pleasant surprise. My aim has always been to keep improving and to do well in the opportunities I get. I was training when I got the news about my selection for the tri-series in Sri Lanka,” Shankar mentioned.
The 27-year-old all-rounder was picked up Daredevils for Rs three.2 crore through the IPL auctions final month. Shankar, captain of the Tamil Nadu ODI and T20 sides, has been in good type with the bat, each within the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy, mentioned he’s at all times seeking to enhance in each departments.
He scored a century (in opposition to Gujarat) and a half-century within the latest Vijay Hazare Trophy league section right here, although the group performed beneath par and bowed out early. “Personally, I did well in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. I look to improve every time I play, whether batting or bowling,” he added.
First Published: February 25, 2018, 9:17 PM IST