‘Pro­mo­tion to No. 3 a big sur­prise’

The Hindu - - SPORT -

In­dia all-rounder Vi­jay Shankar on Sun­day said be­ing pro­moted to bat at the cru­cial No. 3 po­si­tion came as a big sur­prise, and that he re­turns home from his maiden tour of Aus­tralia and New Zealand as a much im­proved crick­eter.

Vi­jay Shankar bat­ted at No. 3 in two of the three three T20Is against New Zealand, scor­ing 43 in the fi­nal game and 23 in the opener.

Go­ing for­ward, Vi­jay Shankar said he would love to bat higher up the or­der.

“It was a big sur­prise for me when they asked me to bat at three. That is a big thing. I was fo­cused on play­ing ac­cord­ing to the sit­u­a­tion,” said Vi­jay Shankar.

“These (Aus­tralia and New Zealand) series I have learnt a lot. In bat­ting, just watch­ing se­niors like Vi­rat (Kohli), Ro­hit (Sharma) and (MS) Dhoni, how they go about their job, I learnt a lot.”

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On the go: Vi­jay Shankar top-scored for In­dia be­fore suc­cumb­ing to the pres­sure of a steep ask­ing rate.

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