Vijay Shankar, the Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder, has revealed that he has decided to tweak his bowling action to make a bigger impact on the game in the new season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 29-year-old stated that he wants to make a bigger contribution to his franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and share the burden of the bowling attack besides focusing on his fitness during the lockdown.
Vijay Shankar had only picked up 2 wickets and is now keen to improve on the bowling front. He has also scored 557 runs averaging 30.94 in 33 matches. But he averages a high 73.5 in the bowling department while picking his two wickets out of which 1 came in 2018 and the other in 2019.
Vijay Shankar Keen To Make Bigger Impact By Tweaking His Bowling Action To Be More Effective In IPL 2020
Vijay Shankar has played in IPL in the years 2014,2017,2018 and 2019. In 2014 he played only 1 match while in 2017 he played only 4 matches. But he finally got a chance to wear the Indian jersey in 2018/2019.
Speaking to Times of India, he said:“Remaining fit was the primary focus during lockdown but once things eased up a little – I began focusing on all aspects of my game. I have always felt that I could bowl a little quicker and chose to work on increasing my pace. The result of the hard yards I have put in will only be seen when I begin bowling during a match.”
He added:“I am keen to make a bigger impact on the game and that’s the reason I chose to tweak my bowling. Having said that, batting and fielding hasn’t been left behind as an allrounder must excel in every facet of the game.”
Vijay Shankar has played 12 ODIs and 9 T20Is where he averages more than 25. He has picked up 4 and 5 wickets respectively and was part of the Indian team in the 2019 World Cup but was ruled out and replaced by Mayank Agarwal.
Vijay Shankar Ready To Bat At Any Position In SRH Line-up
Vijay Shankar is also prepared to play a floater’s role in SRH’s batting line-up. Vijay Shankar had batted at different positions for both his state Tamil Nadu as well as in the IPL. He believes that he has adapted to the changes and is ready to bat at any position that SRH needed him to bat. He said:
“Be it while playing list-A games for TN or in IPL, my batting slot has always been flexible. Initially I would have regretted not getting a slot (while playing for TN), but I soon accepted it and adjusted accordingly.”
Vijay Shankar also said that playing as a floater has helped him understand the shortest format of the game even better than before.
“Now, I relish the role of a floater be it for my state side or in IPL. It has only helped me to prepare for a game better because the requirements for a No.3 spot are different from No.4 or 5 and so on.”
Sunrisers Hyderabad will begin their IPL 2020 campaign against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on 21st September.