Vijay Shankar is a top batsman in First Class cricket, but in his debut T20I, he played as the match winning bowler.
Vijay Shankar, the all-rounder cricketer from Tamil Nadu has been creating a new sensation in domestic cricket of India. He is among the latest debutant in the team in the shortest format of the game. He played a number of international T20s so far with an average form in bowling. Shankar is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium bowler.
In domestic arena, the player is with a strong performance. In 32 First-Class matches his total tally is 1,671; while in 37 List-A matches his total score is 750. Also, he took 27 and 35 wickets in the formats respectively. Shankar has been a top IPL player, being with the tournament since 2014.
Vijay Shankar is set to become the captain of team Tamil Nadu.
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Shankar’s domestic record alongside Tamil Nadu has been impressive. The player is also set to lead the team in Vijay Hazare Trophy, which is set to begin by the third week of September. Shankar, with his strong form in the state team as well as India A, broke into the T20 International Circuit with a bang. However, the player had multiple injuries that led to his drop from several important matches across all formats. The all-rounder injured his hamstring in a recent match alongside India A team against West Indies A. But frequent injuries made him to regret his condition. He said, it is very “disappointing and frustrating” to “miss out on some cricket every year.”
Vijay’s brother, Ajay, is a league cricket player and his father H. Shankar was a club level cricketer.
Early life and family
Vijay was born on January 26 of 1991 in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. Both his father and brother were cricketers and the game came up naturally to him at an early age. His father, H. Shankar was a Club level cricketer and his elder brother, Ajay Shankar, is a league player. Ajay played in the lower division cricket for Tamil Nadu. His father had already developed a strong setup to practice cricket at his home. This naturally made them attracted towards the sport. As a batsman, Vijay is reputed as a big hitter. He is striking in shorter formats and in longer ones, he adapts with a strong form. In his early career, until the age 20, Vijay Shankar used to bowl off-spin deliveries. He switched the style to medium pace as team Tamil Nadu was already spin heavy.
In Ranji, Vijay has an impressive performance as an allrounder.
A player with record allrounder form
Vijay Shankar debuted First-Class cricket, the Ranji Trophy, in 2012-13 season as a 21 years old player. He marked the debut season with an unbeaten century playing only three matches. The player had his breakthrough during 2014-15 season, where he knocked 577 runs playing seven matches. This score included two centuries and three half-centuries. In the tournament he was named Man of the Match twice. It was also the season where he marked himself as an allrounder picking up eight wickets. His performance was enough to earn him a call up to the India A squad. In the maiden match against Australia A, Vijay Shankar scored a half-century.
In one of his debut T20I series matches, Vijay Shankar was awarded Player of the Match for excellent bowling.
IPL and International Career so far
The player debuted IPL in 2014 for Chennai Super Kings. In the season, he played only a single match. Later in 2016 season, he was roped in by Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the latest season, Delhi Daredevils got him onboard. So far in 18 IPL matches, he averaged 52.17 for a total tally of 313. An unbeaten 63 against Gujarat Lions in IPL 2017 is his highest individual score. Vijay played his first international match in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy, the tri-nation tournament involving Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
In the debut series he had an impressive form as a bowler. In a league stage match, Shankar nicked a Man of the Match award for bowling. The player’s best performance was in the final match against Bangladesh, where he bowled as the match winner. His four dot balls in the 18th over against Mustafizur Rehman was the game changer, turning the match for India. Earlier in November 2017, he was named as the replacement of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the Test squad against Sri Lanka.
So far, injury issues have been the major trouble for the emerging player. As per Indian standards, Vijay Shankar is already a late bloomer in international cricket. Frequent injuries dropped him from several crucial matches, even if his form remained intact. Shankar played with good records in the few matches he played so far.