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India vs Australia 2019: Vijay Shankar Sets Focus on Bowling Contribution
Vijay Shankar bowls India to a win in Nagpur. Getty Images

Indian National Cricket Team all-rounder Vijay Shankar hasn’t got enough chances with the ball in the recently held Australia and New Zealand limited-overs series. Meanwhile, he is aiming to excel with the ball in hand in upcoming India vs Australia 2019 series.

While looking for opportunities with the ball, Shankar is aiming to deliver goods in the home series against Australia.

“Maybe, in the Australia series, I will look to express myself a lot more if I get to bowl,” Shankar told India Today in an interview.

So much so, Shankar managed to bowl 16 overs in four ODIs spread in the series Down Under. He conceded 78 runs at an economy of 4.87. Even though Shankar has failed to fill his wicket column, he stemmed the run flow apart from troubling the batsmen with his medium pace bowling.

More selective with the ball:

Vijay Shankar, India vs Australia 2019
Vijay Shakar aims high. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Overall, in the limited-overs leg, Shankar has bagged just three wickets in overall 33 overs. While shedding light on his tactics, Shankar asserted he has limited his resources on the Kiwis shores apart from the Tri-nation series in Sri Lanka.

“I was happy with my pace but I can bowl much quicker than what I bowled there [New Zealand]. As I told you, I was much more restrictive. For instance, I was using the short-ball, which I believe is my strength, very well in the Nidahas Trophy. But recently, I didn’t use the short-ball. I didn’t try any variation. I just thought I should hit the right spots. That was my mindset,” he said.

Recently, Shankar revealed he had a ‘nightmare’ following the poor show in the Nidahas Trophy 2018. However, the comeback his augured well for the Tamil Nadu star.

“Last time, when I was playing in the Nidahas Trophy, my mindset was to pick wickets. In the recent times, I was much more restrictive mentally. I was just thinking about putting the balls in the good areas,” Shankar added.

Vijay Shankar, India vs Australia 2019
Vijay Shankar has done well with the bat. (Image Credit: Getty Images)

The 28-year-old Shankar is focusing to do his basics right. He is in the contention for the 2019 World, starting May 30 in London. He added he is learning from others while focusing on the entire process.

“I think a lot about my own game. I will try and observe a lot about others. While doing so, I felt I was restricting myself a little,” Shankar added on.

However, while batting up the order, Shankar has scored 84 runs in three T20Is apart from 45 in the fifth and final ODI against the Black Caps. The results further see him compact as a batter.

On Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selectors have led by MSK Prasad picked him for the T20I and ODI series, starting February 24 in Vizag.

Moreover, the home series is comprised of five ODIs and two T2oIs. The series will culminate with the fifth ODI in Delhi on March 13.

Earlier, Shankar has earned the spot following the absence of Hardik Pandya on Australia tour. Pandya faced the suspension on January 11 following Koffee with Karan controversy.

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