Vijay Shankar parks Nidahas disappointment aside to play blinder against CSK
Vijay Shankar scored a magnificent knock of 51 runs from 31 balls against CSK.
Published - May 1, 2018 1:56 pm | Updated - May 1, 2018 1:56 pm
Vijay Shankar has been touted as the replacement for Baroda all-rounder Hardik Pandya. He was included for the maiden occasion in the Indian team when they toured Sri Lanka for a T20 triangular series against the hosts and Bangladesh. He was impressive with the ball, however, he miserably faltered with the willow in the final following which he was bashed left right and centre.
He strained to find his rhythm when an acceleration was required, which subsequently mounted the pressure on the rest of the batsmen. However, the cricketer didn’t let the disappointment unnerve him and played a masterful knock of 54 runs off 31 balls against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
He stumbled during the early part of his innings, but came into his own in the end and played some gorgeous strokes. Albeit he couldn’t take his franchise over the finishing line, the knock has definitely earned him a reputation as a power-hitter. The Tamil Nadu cricketer recently talked about the challenges he had to encounter following the horrendous knock.
“I came out of it”- Vijay Shankar
“I should be an asset to any team that I play for. Being part of this team is very special because they are giving us all the freedom; they’re definitely building a very good team. For me personally, it might have put me down for a while, but I think after the first few days of that, I came out of it. It is something that will affect you few days but after that you have to come out of it, that is how cricket is,” Shankar said.
Failures are part and parcels of a game, which is bound to spark for every cricketer at some point in their career. However, it’s necessary to shrug the disappointments aside and focus on the future. Shankar, during his interview, sounded optimistic about his goals and also put forth the significance of delivering in the need of the hour.
“As a cricketer, it is very very important to keep moving forward. We can’t think about that and not prepare for what lies ahead for us. Even for me, I wouldn’t have got enough time in the middle, but what I focused on was do my preparation right, so that when time comes I should be able to go and deliver what I have.” the all-rounder told cricbuzz.