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Vijay Shankar. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

It is always an advantage for the rookie players to have a veteran like MS Dhoni when they are trying to take baby steps at the International level. The same is for Vijay Shankar who impressed with his batting technique in the T20I series against New Zealand. Shankar showed a compact technique as he was focussing on timing the ball rather than clobbering it.

The greenhorn all-rounder from Tamil Nadu said MS Dhoni is a player he looks up to. Dhoni has been a massive servant of Indian cricket and he has been a role model for the young players. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has all the experience under his belt and he is a guiding light to the young generation.

Vijay Shankar, Sunil Gavaskar
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Vijay who scored a good knock of 43 runs in the final T20I said while talking to ANI, “For someone like me, I try and learn from watching each and every player we have in our team because everyone has done something in the past and they have won matches for the team especially Dhoni, who has done a lot for the team. I definitely look up to him”.

Vijay Shankar believes the chances he is getting is all part of the learning curve for him. Shankar had almost messed up the Nidahas Trophy final but he has come a long way from that show. The all-rounder has shown good promise and he is also a good fielder, which is very important.

India vs New Zealand 2019: MS Dhoni is Someone I Look Up to - Vijay Shankar
MS Dhoni. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

“Every tour, every game is very important for me. In the matches that I have played in so far, I think I have reasonably done quite well but I could have done a lot better. It is a great learning for me. I am just looking to get better every day,” he said.

Furthermore, Shankar was looking to loft the ball over the infield in the matches he played in New Zealand. Vijay Shankar will try to keep improving in the game and show an upward swing in his improvement graph. In fact, Shankar can also get a place in the World Cup squad as a back-up all-rounder to Hardik Pandya.

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