Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar has fallen drastically down the pecking order after debuting in 2019, delivering promising performances for the national team. Vijay Shankar’s selection in the 2019 World Cup squad came on the back of encouraging outings with both bat and ball; however, he has not built on that. The seam-bowling all-rounder underlined that an Indian recall is not on his hands but playing well is.
Vijay Shankar played only three matches in the 2019 World Cup and made only 58 runs in those, along with picking up two wickets. The 30-year old got injured midway through the tournament and has not received the nod since as Shivam Dube earned opportunities and Hardik Pandya recovered from his injuries. Shankar has not delivered compelling performances in the last two IPL seasons either, scoring 155 runs and taking seven scalps.
Vijay Shankar conceded that getting an Indian recall is not on his hands and he can’t think of getting into the side at present, vowing to push for the place again. The Tamil Nadu-born cricketer stated he would love to wear the national team’s jersey once more and was disappointed that the selectors did not consider him even as he had a decent run in the side.
“I can’t think of getting into the Indian side, those things are not in my hand. All I can do is prepare hard and try and do well in the matches that I play. I will try to push for that place again. Definitely, whoever has played for that country would love to wear that jersey again. There is no doubt about that. I just felt that when I had a decent run and I was not even considered after that, it was a little disappointing,” Shankar told India Today.
I was contributing in whatever batting order, whatever situation it was: Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar said that it was challenging to handle after being axed from the national team and that injuries made it further difficult to win his spot back. But the seam-bowling all-rounder reminded that he had a decent run with the side and he contributed wherever he batted.
“It was very difficult, definitely. But if you ask me, from the time I got dropped from the Indian team, it was very difficult. I had another injury and then I was not even closer to getting into the Indian side after that. But if you see the time I was with the Indian team, I had a decent run. I was contributing in whatever batting order, whatever situation it was,” he added.