India all-rounder Vijay Shankar on Sunday mentioned being promoted to bat on the essential quantity three place got here as an enormous shock to him and he returns house from the maiden tour of Australia and New Zealand as a much-improved cricketer. Shankar batted at quantity three in two of three T20s towards New Zealand, scoring 43 off 28 balls within the closing sport and 23 within the collection opener.
He made his ODI debut towards Australia at Melbourne and featured in three out of 5 ODIs and all three T20s towards the Black Caps. The 28-year-old may not have performed sufficient to stake a powerful declare for a World Cup spot however gave a very good account of his all-round talents.
Going ahead, Shankar mentioned he would like to bat greater up the order.
“It was an enormous shock for me after they requested me to bat at three. That could be a huge factor. I used to be focussed on taking part in the state of affairs. It is advisable to be open anyway in case you are taking part in for a crew like India,” mentioned Shankar after his crew’s four-run loss within the third T20.
“These (Australia and New Zealand) two collection I’ve learnt lots. I may not have bowled lots however I learnt to bowl in several circumstances. In batting, simply watching seniors like Virat (Kohli), Rohit (Sharma) and (MS) Dhoni, how they go about their job, I learnt lots.” The truth that he had come to New Zealand with the India ‘A’ crew in December additionally helped him.
He obtained begins in all three innings within the T20 collection however couldn’t play a match-winning knock.
“Even the final sport was a studying expertise for me. I may have gone for single or a two than go for an additional boundary,” Shankar mentioned.
“I additionally had an excellent alternative to win this sport for the crew. If I can win matches for the crew, that may mechanically assist me personally. For me, a very powerful factor is that I adapt rapidly to completely different circumstances and be constant.” On the tight loss within the collection decider the place India had been chasing an imposing 213, Shankar mentioned: “We performed effectively proper via the 20 overs. Everybody was very constructive once we had been attempting get nearer to the full. Ultimately, we had been only one hit away. The consequence may have been completely different on one other day.”
(With PTI Inputs)