Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya
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All of a sudden, Vijay Shankar is pressing his case stronger for the ICC World Cup 2019. He did brilliantly against New Zealand to be in the scheme of things for the grand event. Meanwhile, the analysts started comparing him to Hardik Pandya for the all-rounder slot. In between, Vijay Shankar denies any such competition between them.

The final ODI of the series against New Zealand has shown his skills to tackle the bowling attack at top-order. It was the knock, which gave him immense confidence to sustain in the team and helped him to gain the trust of the Indian team management.

We Share Our Ideas – Vijay Shankar

Speaking of the rapport with Hardik Pandya, Vijay quoted that there is no competition between themselves in the team. Further, he went on to add saying that they even share their ideas on the field and also regarding the line and lengths for the particular batsman to make life hard for them.

Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya
Vijay Shankar (Credits: Getty)

“When we were playing together in New Zealand, we had a lot of discussions. We were even sharing ideas on the field as to how to bowl during different situations. We often talk about the lines and lengths that can be effective to different batsmen,” Shankar told India Today. 

I haven’t got any thought on World  Cup:

Further, Shankar quoted that he isn’t thinking about the grand event, which is to be played in an upcoming couple of months. He went on to add saying that he would like to remain focussed for the remaining few games in order to tick all the boxes for the team.

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

“Personally, I have not given any thought about the World Cup. There’s still a long way to go for it. I have a lot of other matches to play. I think it’s very important to remain focused on what I have to do rather than thinking about the World Cup team and all that. Generally, I don’t think much about selection. I keep myself focused on doing my own work, giving 100 per cent in whatever I do” said Shankar. 

Well, it would be interesting to see how things would pan out for Vijay Shankar. The all-rounder has delivered with the bat but yet to come good with his bowling. He has been brilliant in the domestic circuit but the level of competition in international cricket varies to it.

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