Not many cricketers get a chance to play for their national side once they get hugely criticized for almost losing a game. And if you’re a young all-rounder in current era, it’s impossible.
Current Indian squad is equipped with two attacking openers, the best 1 down batsman ever to play for India, and two mighty finishers who can change the course of a game at any moment. The only weak link haunting team India is who will bat at No.4?
All the chaos was revolving around Ambati Rayudu, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, and we can even consider DK for a matter of fact. Most of them showed early promises but unfortunately couldn’t continue the streak for a longer run.
Surprisingly we have an unexpected entry for the much-debated position; He’s none other than Vijay Shankar. Who can forget that Nidahas trophy final? One must have thought it’s the end of the road for the young lad. Also, with having Hardik Pandya in the side, nobody would have thought of drafting in Vijay Shankar into the playing XI.
Vijay Shankar 2.0
Shankar has really shown how things are done. He was done and dusted by Mustafizur a few years back. He came back strongly in IPL 2018. Shankar aggregated 53 in previous IPL. What impressed the most was his ability to play big shots quite easily. He played some crucial cameos to make an image of him as an attacking batsman.
As a result of his heroics in the IPL, he got a chance to play for the Indian team last year. He scored a quickfire 46 in the last series where he overshadowed Virat Kohli. He showed what he holds in the batting. He was given the last over against Australia where he had to defend more than 10. He showed the world that he’s more than just a handy batsman by sending both the batsmen back to the pavilion.
Vijay Shankar, the 28-year-old highly rated middle-order batsman is a complete player now. He can be promoted anytime to score quickly. He is a genuine all-rounder who provides solidity to any team he plays for.
Vijay Shankar has every possible weapon in his armor required to ace the international circuit. All he needs is a bit of consistency and temperament. In the ongoing IPL, it is often seen that Shankar can easily manage to clear the ground quite easily but he throws up his wicket. He should know the value of his wicket if he has to play longer. Otherwise, he may become another Yousuf Pathan or Glenn Maxwell, who despite having an enormous amount of talent, just couldn’t make the most of it at the bigger stage.
It will be intersting to see if Captain Kohli can take the risk of playing two bowling all-rounders at the same time. But one thing is sure that he is one of the much improved cricketers one has ever seen in cricket.