ICC World Cup 2019: The Team Management Backs Me and That is Most Important, I Don’t Care About Other Opinions Says Vijay Shankar
One of the wide-ranging debates in Indian cricket in the recent past has been the inclusion of Vijay Shankar in the 2019 World Cup squad. He was picked as the No 4 batsman for the showpiece event as clarified by the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad.
He was nowhere close to his best during the Indian Premier League (IPL) and managed to score just 244 runs in 15 matches and picked up a solitary wicket during the course of the tournament. However, which worked in his way was the lack of consistency shown by Ambati Rayudu as well who was a potential contender for the No 4 spot.
Despite his selection being criticized by many, Vijay Shankar is confident about his skills and optimistic of making his opportunity count in the quadrennial event. He has learnt to de-stress and not worry about the opinion of others. What matters for Vijay Shankar is the faith shown in him by the team management.
“I had a decent run when I batted at No.3 in the T20 series in New Zealand. The most important thing is that the team management has shown trust in me and believes I can do the job. That gives you extra motivation. The need of the team is my priority and I am always ready to adapt to situations and conditions,” Vijay Shankar was quoted as saying by IANS.
“I am enjoying myself and don’t put any pressure on myself. I like to read the situation and play accordingly. I give importance to work ethics and there is no shortcut.”
Vijay Shankar has made quite a few appearances for India in the limited overs format. He broke into the Indian team on the back of some impressive performances in the domestic circuit. He struggled to score during the final of the Nidahas Trophy against Bangladesh which put India under enormous pressure. Though Dinesh Karthik played a stunning knock and won the match for India, Vijay Shankar was trolled brutally on social media handles.
It was a life-changing moment for Vijay Shankar. He also added that the final also made him realize the importance of enjoying the moment and living on the present and not putting too much pressure on himself when turning out on the field.
“I would definitely say the Nidahas Trophy was a life-changing experience as a cricketer for me. It has been a year and everyone knows what happened and how difficult it was,” Vijay Shankar said. “I would have easily attended 50 phone calls from all over India. The press people kept calling me and asked me the same question. Even the social media and all was a little difficult for me, I felt a little disappointed and took me some time to get out of that zone.
“But on the hindsight, it taught me how to come out of that, learned how to handle situations. That incident showed me that one bad day isn’t the end of the world. It hasn’t happened only to me, has happened to many top players over the years.
“The best thing is that it happened on my first outing with the bat. I had bowled in the series, but that was the first time I went in to bat. I didn’t realise what happened right then, but that was a life lesson. It taught me to enjoy every moment as things as such episodes are temporary and I must focus on giving my 100 per cent.”
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