India all-rounder Vijay Shankar marked his return from injury with a superb knock for Tamil Nadu in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy. Just a few months ago, everything was falling into place for the allrounder as far as his international career was concerned. He made his ODI debut during the tour of Australia and impressed straightaway.
Some fine outing in the succeeding series in New Zealand and against Australia at home saw him get a place in the team for the World Cup. Team India picked him as their number four batsman instead of Ambati Rayudu. However, his journey in the tournament was cut short after he sustained an injury while facing Jasprit Bumrah in the nets.
He returned to action through the Tamil Nadu Premier League and was named in the India A squad for the series against South Africa A too. However, a finger injury ruled him out of the series. Well, the right-handed batsman made an impressive return to action, smacking 91 (88 balls, 6 fours, 1 six) to power Tamil Nadu to a seven-wicket win over Bihar.
Tamil Nadu made 218 for 3 in 46.5 overs in reply to Bihar’s 217 for 7 in 50 overs to notch up a third straight victory. Vijay Shankar also bowled six overs to pick up 1 for 17 before leading the charge with the bat.
Earlier, captain Babul Kumar made 110 (136 balls, 12 fours, 1 six) as Bihar recovered from a poor start to make 217. Babul Kumar added 89 runs for the third wicket with Rahmat Ullah (38, 52 balls, 7 fours) and 93 runs with Keshav Kumar (35, 74 balls, 3 fours) for the fourth wicket.
Chasing the modest total, openers Abhinav Mukund and N Jagadeesan provided a solid start for Tamil Nadu. They put on 59 runs before the latter fell for 37 (40 balls, 5 fours) to Samar Quadri. 10 runs later, Jagadeesan departed too after falling to Sachin Kumar Singh (24).
The dismissal of C Hari Nishaanth with the score at 75 brought B Aparajith (52 not out, 66 balls, 1 four) and Vijay Shankar together. The duo went on to take their team over the line.