Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar has found himself down the pecking order and on the sidelines as far as the Indian team goes. Vijay Shankar debuted back in 2018 and has played 12 T20Is and nine ODIs, the last of which came in the 2019 World Cup. The seam-bowling all-rounder, who knows what he needs to get back in the reckoning, has contemplated changing his state in domestic cricket from Tamil Nadu to have more batting opportunities.
Vijay Shankar, currently plying his trade for Tamil Nadu, has found opportunities hard to come by in the recent tournaments. The 30-year old often comes to bat down the order, needing him to produce something extraordinary at most times to help his team. The same has often happened in IPL 2021 as Shankar, who plays for SunRisers Hyderabad, has not received chances to bat up the order as he managed only 58 runs in seven games at 11.60, along with three wickets.
Vijay Shankar recalls coming into the Indian side after he performed with the bat at number five and wants to be in the game all the time. The Tamil Nadu seam-bowling all-rounder revealed he has thought of changing his state team, so he has more opportunities to bat at number four or five. However, he also hopes that Tamil Nadu hands him those chances and promotes him.
“I got into India reckoning after I performed with the bat at No. 5, I want to be in the game all the time. I have thought about changing my state team so that I can get to bat at either No. 4 or No. 5. But let’s see. I hope Tamil Nadu pushes me up the order,” Shankar told IANS.
I don’t compare myself with others: Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar underlined that he does not compare himself with others and accepts that even though he has not performed with the bat, he has bowled well in IPL. The right-handed batsman remembered coming out to bat on most occasions in the last season when the team required 10 or 12 an over. Thus, taking on a bowler from the first ball is difficult.
“I don’t compare myself with others. I have been bowling well for my franchise. But I have not had a very good time with the bat. Last season in the IPL, out of five innings, I walked in four times with the team chasing 10 or 12 an over. It is a challenge for anyone to take on the bowlers from the start,” he added.