India allrounder Vijay Shankar had an excellent outing in his maiden T20 series until the 18th over of the final against Bangladesh. Shankar won one man-of-the-match award in one of the league games and was excellent on the field.
However, Shankar failed miserably in his first chance to prove his worth as a batsman in the crunch match. With the required rate over 10 an over, Shankar, who scored a 19-ball 17. Also, he failed to connect four deliveries on the trot off Mustafizur Rahman in the 18th over and missed one in the final over as well.
Meanwhile, India won the match by four wickets banking on Dinesh Karthik’s late night cameo. The wicket-keeper batsman scored 29 off just 8 deliveries including a last-ball six to win the match.
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It’s been more than 48 hours since India’s sensational victory but Shankar “still hasn’t” overcome the disappointment of those five dot balls.
“I’m still disappointed about the five misses, disappointed that I couldn’t finish it in those last two balls having struck a crucial four in the third ball of the last over. At that level, you rarely get such a chance in your first knock. If I had hit a six, things would have been different. I was more disappointed with the fact that I had prepared hard for such a situation all along but couldn’t deliver,” Shankar told TOI
Shankar, who has played alongside Mustafizur in Sunrisers Hyderabad admitted that facing a bowler of his calibre in a match-situation was a different ball game altogether.
Amidst all these, Shankar received words of consolation from his teammates in the dressing room. The 27-year-old is now looking forward to playing in IPL for Delhi Daredevils.
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