IPL 2021: SRH’s Vijay Shankar pushes for India recall, says ‘I have done better than most’

IPL 2021: SRH all-rounder Vijay Shankar pushes for India recall, says 'I have done better than most'; Sunrisers Hyderabad; India squad
IPL 2021: SRH all-rounder Vijay Shankar pushes for India recall, says 'I have done better than most'; Sunrisers Hyderabad; India squad

IPL 2021: SRH’s Vijay Shankar pushes for India recall, says ‘I have done better than most’- Sunrisers Hyderabad allrounder Vijay Shankar in a recent interview stressed that he is good enough to earn a place in the India squad as he has done better than many others. He had last played for the Men in Blue in the 2019 World Cup but ruled out after few matches due to an injury. He played just three matches in the showpiece event before having to deal with multiple injury setbacks. His Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 was also cut short by a hamstring injury. Earlier this year, he picked up another injury at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

The cricketer completed his rehab and played for Sunrisers Hyderabad but failed to do well. He managed just 58 runs and 3 wickets in phase 1 of IPL 2021.

IPL 2021: SRH’s Vijay Shankar pushes for India recall, says ‘I have done better than most’

Shankar in IPL 2021

MATCH BAT BOWL DATE GROUND FORMAT
Sunrisers vs Royals 8 1/42 02-May-2021 Delhi T20
Sunrisers vs Super Kings 28-Apr-2021 Delhi T20
Sunrisers vs Capitals 8 0/19 25-Apr-2021 Chennai T20
Sunrisers vs Punjab Kings 0/6 21-Apr-2021 Chennai T20
Sunrisers vs Mum Indians 28 2/19 17-Apr-2021 Chennai T20
Sunrisers vs RCB 3 14-Apr-2021 Chennai T20
Sunrisers vs KKR 11 0/14 11-Apr-2021 Chennai T20

 

Shankar said that he doesn’t want to be in the team just for the sake that he is an all-rounder [with Hardik Pandya not at his best or fit to bowl].

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“I don’t want to be in the team just because I am an all-rounder, someone who can bat and bowl. It should be more genuine, I should be in the team when people trust me for my abilities,” Shankar told India Today.

“I have said in the past about not liking comparisons. But if you really compare, I think I definitely have done better than most.” 

It is notable that a second-string India squad will tour Sri Lanka in July. Shankar might be vying for a place in the limited-overs setup.

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Many few known that Vijay Shankar was chosen ahead of Pandya in 2016 but he was ruled out due to a knee injury for which he needed surgery and watched Hardik Pandya take his place. He finally made his India debut in 2018.

“It’s about pushing myself harder every day. These things are part of my journey. A lot of negativity creeps in when you’re injured. ‘Whether I will be able to come back? When will I play next?’. Every time, when I have a hamstring injury, there will be a small doubt in whatever you do – ‘What if I get that back again?” India Today quoted Vijay Shankar as saying.

“But I have always pushed myself harder for the best I can give. The rehab, whatever the small things I do, I will give my best because that’s the only thing I have in my control,” he added.

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