Ahead of the upcoming Cricket World Cup, the Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar is focusing on his preparation.
Since early 2018, the national selectors have seriously observed the all-rounder Vijay Shankar. While he made his T20I debut in March 2018, he made his ODI debut in this January during the Australia tour.
Soon after his ODI debut, Vijay Shankar has impressed with his batting skills. The national selectors have chosen him in the 15-member Team India squad for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. The chief selector MSK Prasad has claimed that Vijay Shankar can be one of the good options for the no.4 batting position.
However, Vijay Shankar is currently focusing on himself only. The 28-year-old pace-bowling all-rounder doesn’t want to think any other things.
Shankar recently told India Today, “Well, there might have been a lot of debate about the number four slot. As cricketers we tend to face all these things. It is really important to keep it simple and believe in our own strengths.
“The only thing that we can do is to work on all the aspects of our game. I am just focused on my own preparation rather thinking about anything else. That is what I have been doing. These things happen and I have learnt to overcome all of it.”
Vijay Shankar about his IPL 2019 performances
In the recently concluded IPL 2019, Vijay Shankar had the mixture experiences with the bat. Playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the right-handed batsman scored 244 runs in 14 innings with an average of 20.33 and strike-rate of 126.42.
Though his World Cup selection has faced some questions due to his inconsistent IPL 2019 form, Shankar feels that his performances were not so bad according to the situations.
He claimed, “You need to see the kind of situation I walked in. It was mostly after the 13th or 14th over. It was just going out and showing the intent for the team.
“When the openers play till the 12th over, it is just about rest of us going in and trying to get the maximum. It has been very different experience for me. I might have missed out on a few not out opportunities but other than that I felt that I had a pretty decent IPL season this time. I ended up with 244 runs and half of the IPL I played at number four or five position. Walking in after the 15th over is something different. Yes, I do rue not returning not out on certain occasions.”
I made sure that I trained well after finishing off IPL – Vijay Shankar
After finishing off his IPL 2019 journey, Shankar was busy to train himself for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. He is focusing to adapt quickly to the English conditions to perform better in the forthcoming Cricket World Cup.
He said, “I made sure that I trained well after finishing off IPL. It wasn’t anything really different but I worked a lot on my skills with my coach. It is all about being in good space and being confident. More than number four, I think it is about adapting quickly to the conditions and the situations there (England) that I might encounter. That is more important than to keep on thinking about this number four slot.”
In every practice session, I worked really hard on my bowling – Vijay Shankar
In recent times, the right-arm medium pacer Vijay Shankar hasn’t much involved in bowling. However, the Indian captain Virat Kohli can utilise his bowling in the English conditions during the upcoming Cricket World Cup. So, Shankar has worked hard in his bowling during the recent practice sessions.
He said, “It is important for me to work on all aspects of my game. Ever since the end of the Australia series, I have been working a lot on my bowling. I used IPL to a good effect. In every practice session, I worked really hard on my bowling. It was followed by extended bowling sessions in Chennai. All I can do is just to keep myself prepared and should be ready when I get a chance to do it for the team.”
How Vijay Shankar spent his time before leaving India for the Cricket World Cup
The Cricket World Cup opportunity is very special for Vijay Shankar. After completing his IPL 2019 campaign, Shankar spent big time with his family and friends.
He said, “Being part of the World Cup team is definitely very special for any cricketer. Every time we wear this India jersey, it is very special for us. The best that has happened to me is that my family and friends never spoke about it when I was home during the past 8-10 days.
“They’ve been pretty normal and gave me space. I always enjoy my time whenever I am in Chennai. I have not only had a really good time with my friends but also been practicing hard since last one week and been very busy with it. So, it is all properly packed. It has been quite simple and calm for me, this period before the World Cup.”
India will begin their journey in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup on 5th June. In their first match of this tournament, India will face South Africa at Southampton.