Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar (Credits: Getty)

Vijay Shankar has finally recovered from the injury that had ruled him out of the World Cup in England. The India allrounder, on Friday, returned to action in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). The Tamil Nadu star made his debut in the league in the fourth season while playing for former champions Chennai Super Gillies against Tuti Patriots in Tirunelveli.

Before the ongoing season, Vijay Shankar had missed the first three seasons of TNPL due to India ‘A’ commitments and injury setbacks. Shankar was out of action since playing three games in the ICC World Cup. He had suffered a toe injury that saw him Mayank Agarwal replacing him in the side. Shankar had a forgettable World Cup as he scored just 58 runs and picked up two wickets.

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Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar (Credits: Twitter)

Vijay Shankar had a poor outing on his TNPL debut too as he scored just 3 runs from seven balls. He, however, made a mark with the ball and picked up two wickets while conceding just 15 runs. In fact, he took a wicket with the very first ball he bowled. Speaking after his TNPL debut, Shankar said he was happy to make his debut in the tournament.

“Pretty happy about making my debut, after three years, in fact three and half seasons,” he said in a video on the TNPL twitter handle.

“So pretty happy that I played today. Very disappointing that I didn’t do well with the bat and bowling came out pretty well and fielding I was moving around very well, which was very important for me.

“And batting, I would love to contribute to my team’s victory and take the team through to the finals and hopefully win the final,” he added.

Vijay Shankar had started his World Cup campaign on the same note, picking up a wicket on the very first ball of the campaign. However, Vijay refused to compare anything and said he is just focused on working hard.

“I am not thinking about all that. It is very important for me to work hard and come back and play the game, which is very important rather than thinking about the first ball wicket. If it happens I will be very happy. If it happens every game I will be very happy about it,” Shankar said.

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