His last-over heroics in opposition to Australia might have brightened his World Cup possibilities however all-rounder Vijay Shankar says he isn’t considering on these traces 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 might have made a case for himself with this efficiency to make the squad for the World Cup however Shankar is just not considering on these traces. “I’ve stated beforehand additionally that I by no means take into consideration the choice or World Cup factor as a result of it’s a good distance off from now. Each sport is essential. I simply look to offer my greatest and win a sport for the workforce,” stated the Tamil Nadu all-rounder.
Strain? Nah, @vijayshankar260 nails 50th over.
Should Watch – First with the bat after which with the ball, Vijay Shankar’s excellent closing over seals the deal for India 👏👏✌️
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019
Shankar stated the powerful closing 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 scenario at this time.
“To be sincere the Nidahas Trophy has taught me too many issues. Really, I learnt to tips on how to keep impartial after that. Be it excessive or low, it doesn’t 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. Possibly the final over and I needs to 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 stated skilled Jasprit Bumrah additionally guided him whereas approaching the ultimate over.
“After the 48th over, Bumrah got here as much as me and stated the ball is reversing a bit. He instructed me that I have to hit the suitable size on this wicket, the place I give myself an opportunity to hit the stumps.
When he stated that, I used to be clear mentally that the one approach to defend these runs is by selecting wickets and if I can bowl straighter, (I’ll) give myself an opportunity to take wickets,” he stated including that he solely bowled the final over for his membership facet earlier than this.
Shankar stated he wouldn’t over-react after taking match-winning wickets however is glad that he may assist the tea win.
“Simply because I acquired the 2 wickets within the final over doesn’t make me really feel actually excessive or completely satisfied. I’m making an attempt to benefit from the second after which go forward with that.”
He additionally batted nicely, contributed 46 runs off 41 balls earlier than being run out in an unlucky method.
“If you get run out like this, I gained’t say unlucky, that was struck and he (Kohli) hit the ball so arduous and I didn’t have a lot time to get again in (to the crease) however then these items occur in cricket. So long as I bat nicely and so long as contribute to the workforce’s win, I shall be completely satisfied.
(With PTI Inputs)