Vijay Shankar
Viajy Shankar. Credit: BCCI

A year back Vijay Shankar was a part of the 2019 World Cup squad for India. The national selection panel showed the faith in him for being a three dimensional player. But Shankar continues to disappoint with his performances. SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) have put their faith in the all-rounder but the has failed to step up.

Before the match against KKR on Sunday, Shankar has featured in the IPL thrice and notched up the scores of 0 and 12. He has also been out of touch with the ball. Former SRH coach Tom Moody said that its high time that he needs to step up.

Tom Moody
Tom Moody. (Credits: Twitter)

Vijay Shankar needs to deliver, he is a very good player: Tom Moody

“He needs to step up there’s no question about that. Look at the end of the day……12 months, Vijay Shankar was batting for India in a World Cup. I know it was a 50-over World Cup but he was seen as the best batsmen. He needs to deliver. He is a very good players and needs to show that by results on scoreboard,” Tom Moody said on espncricinfo.

For a player like Vijay Shankar, the Indian Premier League (IPL), is a key tournament to make a return to the national team. He was picked up in the World Cup 2019 squad as a ‘three dimensional player’ but his run in the marquee tournament ended prematurely due to a toe-injury.

"Needs To Step Up": Tom Moody On Vijay Shankar's Poor Run In IPL 2020
Vijay Shankar (Credits: Twitter)

However, Shankar had played for India A after that, but his all-round performance was not convincing enough. He managed to get only a single half-century in the series against New Zealand A and went wicketless in a few matches.

Shankar has played 12 ODIs, nine T20Is for India. He, however, failed to cement his spot due to inconsistency. His batting average of over 44 in first-class cricket also did not replicate while playing for the national team.