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IPL 2019: Sanjay Manjrekar says Vijay Shankar is no Rishabh Pant after failure against MI

Shankar meanwhile has made 105 runs in 5 games for SRH so far this season.

Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

All-rounder Vijay Shankar has become the dark horse in the race to earn the no.4 batting spot in the Indian squad for the ICC World Cup 2019 thanks to his performances against New Zealand and Australia in recent times. His amazing ability to mix aggression with correct batting technique has earned laurels from many experts and former cricketers.

However, the Tamil Nadu cricketer has battled for consistency in the ongoing IPL 2019, where he is batting at no.3 spot for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and has come in for a bit of a flak by former India cricket Sanjay Manjrekar for his innings of 5 runs off 10 balls against MI, a match that SRH lost. He became a victim of Alzarri Joseph after trying to heave the ball in the air.

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Sanjay Manjrekar advices Shankar to follow the style of Kohli

Sanjay Manjrekar, cricket expert was left disappointed by Shankar’s performance in the game against MI, as the whole SRH team was seen crumbling under pressure. Manjrekar pointed out that Shankar is trying to emulate a power hitter like Rishabh Pant and attempting to hit every ball for six and dominate the bowler.

Instead, Manjrekar advised him to take inspiration from Indian captain Virat Kohli and stick to ground-based strokes and get runs the safer way. “Clearly he has the power game but my reading of Vijay Shankar is that he is no Pant to throw his bat at everything, he must model his game on Virat. Bat as per the requirements of the scoreboard,” Manjrekar wrote in a tweet.

The 19th match of the IPL 2019 saw Mumbai Indians triumphing over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad, thanks to debutant Alzarri Joseph’s record haul of 6/12, the best ever figures in IPL history. SRH were bowled out for 96, their first ever score in IPL below 100, chasing 137 to win.

Shankar meanwhile has made 105 runs in 5 games for SRH so far this season with his highest score being an unbeaten 40 in his team’s opening clash against Kolkata Knight Riders.

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