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Hamil­ton, Feb. 10: In­dia all­rounder Vi­jay Shankar on Sun­day said be­ing pro­moted to bat at the cru­cial num­ber three po­si­tion came as a big sur­prise to him and he re­turns home from the maiden tour of Aus­tralia and New Zealand as a much im­proved crick­eter.

“It was a big sur­prise for me when they asked me to bat at three. That is a big thing. I was fo­cussed on play­ing the sit­u­a­tion. You need to be open any­way if you are play­ing for a team like In­dia,” said Shankar.

“These (Aus­tralia and New Zealand) two series I have learnt a lot. I might not have bowled a lot but I learnt to bowl in dif­fer­ent con­di­tions. In bat­ting, just watch­ing se­niors like Vi­rat, Ro­hit and Dhoni, how they go about their job, I learnt a lot.”

The fact that he had come to New Zealand with the In­dia ‘A’ team in De­cem­ber also

helped him.

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