Shankar is a potential candidate to bat in the top five after his show in Nagpur.
So far he has proven himself as a batsman.
Balaji is also expecting Dhoni to surprise everyone during IPL and World Cup.
The former India pacer has full faith in MS Dhoni to guide the CSK bowlers in the upcoming season of the IPL.
The CSK batsman has welcomed the appointment of former India pacer L Balaji.
The 36-year-old has signed up as the bowling coach of the Chennai team.
He played 8 Tests, 30 ODIs and 5 T20Is for India and picked up 27, 34 and 10 wickets respectively.
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"Look at it the other way around. We may get to number one. That's also possible." said a confident Balaji prior to KKR's match against Mumbai Indians.
Balaji vowed to insert Akram's philosophy among the team's young bowlers.