A dream came true: Shankar on World Cup selection
A few months ago which looked like an unreal dream has turned into reality for the Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar who is one of the men who is set to travel to England.
From also being a villain in the Nidashas Trophy final to grab a place in the World Cup squad, Vijay Shankar had a roller coaster ride.
Things started to change for Tamil Nadu star after he showed his worth in the New Zealand and Australia series. He proved to be a clinical batsman and a smart bowler, who can bowl in tricky tracks.
He has been preferred over Ambati Rayudu, who was guaranteed a World Cup spot even a month ago. After the squad announcement on Monday, BCCI explained the reason behind picking him over Rayudu.
“We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat, if the conditions are overcast he can bowl, plus he is a [good] fielder,” a statement said.
Meanwhile, Shankar is absolutely delighted and admitted that his dream has turned into reality.
“I am extremely elated. This is like a dream come true. We have a few World cup winning team members here at SRH and I have spoken to them to understand what it feels like to play in a WC and then go on to win it. I have learnt a lot from them on the ways to manage pressure at such a large event”
While fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is currently leading Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) said –
“I am extremely happy. The English conditions will suit my strength and I am looking to make most of it. Playing for SRH in IPL has given me the right match practice just before the mega tournament like World Cup. This is my second WC and I am pretty confident to perform at such level.”