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I am not thinking about World Cup, says Vijay Shankar

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His last-over heroics towards Australia could have brightened his World Cup possibilities however all-rounder Vijay Shankar says he isn’t considering on these strains and would simply keep within the second.

Captain Virat Kohli handed the ball to Shankar when Australia wanted 11 runs from the final over and India required two wickets for a win. Shankar dismissed Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa in three balls, delivering when it mattered.

He could have made a case for himself with this efficiency to make the squad for the World Cup however Shankar shouldn’t be considering on these strains.

“I’ve mentioned beforehand additionally that I by no means take into consideration the choice or World Cup factor as a result of it is a good distance off from now. Each sport is essential. I simply look to offer my finest and win a sport for the group,” mentioned the Tamil Nadu all-rounder.

Shankar mentioned the powerful last of the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka final yr when he struggled to rotate strike was a giant studying curve for him and it helped him in strain state of affairs at present.

“To be sincere the Nidahas Trophy has taught me too many issues. Truly, I learnt to methods to keep impartial after that. Be it excessive or low, it would not matter. I would like to remain calm and impartial on a regular basis.”

“I used to be simply prepared for the problem as a result of I knew I needed to bowl that one over. And I used to be simply telling (myself) after the 43rd-44th over, I’m going to bowl anytime. Perhaps the final over and I must be able to defend a complete of 10 runs or 15 runs. So, I used to be mentally ready for that.”

The younger all-rounder mentioned skilled Jasprit Bumrah additionally guided him whereas approaching the ultimate over.

“After the 48th over, Bumrah got here as much as me and mentioned the ball is reversing a bit. He informed me that I must hit the proper size on this wicket, the place I give myself an opportunity to hit the stumps. When he mentioned that, I used to be clear mentally that the one solution to defend these runs is by choosing wickets and if I can bowl straighter, (I am going to) give myself an opportunity to take wickets,” he mentioned including that he solely bowled the final over for his membership aspect earlier than this.

Shankar mentioned he wouldn’t over-react after taking match-winning wickets however is glad that he may assist the tea win.

“Simply because I obtained the 2 wickets within the final over doesn’t make me really feel actually excessive or joyful. I’m making an attempt to benefit from the second after which go forward with that.”

He additionally batted effectively, contributed 46 runs off 41 balls earlier than being run out in an unlucky method.

“While you get run out like this, I will not say unlucky, that was struck and he (Kohli) hit the ball so arduous and I did not have a lot time to get again in (to the crease) however then these items occur in cricket. So long as I bat effectively and so long as contribute to the group’s win, I will likely be joyful.” 

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