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India’s all-rounder Vijay Shankar has shed light on the Nidahas Trophy final when he had a bad day at the office. Shankar was still a rookie at the International level and he just could not time the ball. It was a harsh lesson that he got that day and it has made him stronger. Shankar could only score 17 runs off 19 balls when an economy rate of almost 10 was required.
However, Dinesh Karthik was able to save Shankar from further embarrassment as he scored a whirlwind knock of 29 runs off eight balls to win India the game. Subsequently, Vijay Shankar got the opportunity to play under the tutelage of India A coach Rahul Dravid and he was able to improve his game. Shankar played some mature knocks for the A-side and thus made a case for himself for the national selection.
Vijay Shankar has taken some harsh lessons
Thus, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder was also picked for the 2019 World Cup but he was ruled out after picking up an injury. Shankar added he got the two big lessons from Badrinath and Balaji as the latter told him that life is about handling embarrassments. Ergo, when it practically happened with Shankar, he was able to handle it with guile.
“I learned two big lessons at an early stage from Badri and Bala (L Balaji). Badri said to me – ‘if you’re good enough no one can stop you from playing at the highest level’. And Bala told me – ‘life is all about handling embarrassments.’ While it sounded something big at that time but when I started experiencing it, I understood it really well,” Shankar said during the show Mind Masters by MFORE on Star Sports 1.
“After Nidahas trophy, it was embarrassing for me. While overcoming these embarrassments, I remembered these lessons shared by them and it helped.”
Meanwhile, Vijay Shankar has not played for the national side after he was injured during the World Cup. The right-hander has scored 223 runs at an average of 31.85 in 12 ODI matches and he has taken four wickets. Shankar has scored 101 runs in nine T20I matches and he has picked five wickets.
Shankar will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the upcoming season of the IPL if the tournament takes place. The all-rounder will like to make a good comeback and he knows the importance of performing well in the IPL.