Until the 18th over of the final against Bangladesh, rookie India allrounder Vijay Shankar had an excellent outing in his maiden T20I series. But his maiden chance to prove his worth as a batsman in India colours came in the crunch match. And much to his disappointment, he flunked the ‘pressure test’.
With the required rate over 10 an over, Shankar, who scored a 19-ball 17, failed to connect four deliveries on the trot off Mustafizur Rahman in the 18th over and missed one in the final over as well.
It’s been more than 48 hours since India’s sensational victory but Shankar “still hasn’t” overcome the disappointment of those five dot balls.
Shankar told reporters: “I’m still disappointed about the five misses, disappointed that I couldn’t finish it in those last two balls having struck a crucial four in the third ball of the last over. At that level you rarely get such a chance in your first knock. If I had hit a six, things would have been different. I was more disappointed with the fact that I had prepared hard for such a situation all along but couldn’t deliver.”
The all-rounder also said that he has seen Mustafizur in nets during the IPL days but its everything different when you face him: “It’s a different thing to see Mustafizur in nets and face him in the match. On another day, I wouldn’t have missed those balls in such a situation. I wouldn’t attribute it to pressure factor but I think maybe it wasn’t my day.”