In the recently concluded grand finale of Nidahas Trophy, India batsman Vijay Shankar had to face a hard time. Had it not been Dinesh Karthik to win the match, the blame would all have been to Shankar, for losing it. Primarily a bowler he was somehow misplaced in T20 International match promoted ahead of Karthik. He was trying to find big shots but was losing it every time. The worst was in the 18th over, when he handed out four dot balls to Mustafizur Rahman. It was when the match went off India’s hand and the asking rate soared to above 15 runs per over for concluding two.
In a recent press meet, Vijay Shankar bluntly accepted that he is “still disappointed about the five misses”. He was also disappointed that he “couldn’t finish”. However, Shankar still hammered an imperative boundary in the final over, despite being under immense pressure. It was not such that he faced Rahman for the first time. The players faced off earlier in IPL matches. Shankar said, he prepared tough to face such moment, but he was more disappointed because he failed to deliver when it was needed the most. The India player admitted that it is a “different thing” to see Rahman in nets and face in the match.
Shankar knocked 17 runs playing 19 balls in the final couple of overs. He took an excellent three wickets in the earlier inning and was also awarded Player of the Match in a previous fixture. He is now a player for Delhi Daredevils for IPL. For his misfit inning, he became a subject of troll in popular social media, but he did not face any blues in the dressing room. He said everyone patted him on back and consoled him back in the dressing room. He admitted that most players said, he was not the first to go through such experience.
India ready with new squad for Test series
Outstanding Root keeps Series at home thumping
India, England ready for ‘Pressure less’
Pakistan’s intense attack sets Zimbabwe on
Sri Lanka Captain, Manager and Coach suspended
India’s Wrist Spin ensemble to undergo big test
Nepal to play maiden ODI against Netherland in
India wraps up T20 Series against England winning
Shaw-Agarwal pair relieves India A with a strong
West Indies topples Bangladesh at 62 for 6 by end
ICC hardens Codes of Conduct; Ball Tempering will
Kemar Roach slogs Bangladesh to their lowest ever
Finch’s record knock hands greatest T20
India sets off T20 series knocking England in the
Mayank Agarwal thumps hefty century to win Third