Bat­ting at No 5 for In­dia A has helped my game: Vi­jay Shankar

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game as I was able to close two games and re­main un­beaten,” said Shankar, who has so far played five T20s for In­dia.

“The 87 I scored in a chase of 300 plus against New Zealand A gave me a lot be­lief that I also be­long to this level. In an­other game, I scored 60 odd in a chase.

“While bat­ting at No 5, in all these matches when I was go­ing into bat, we re­quired 150 to 160 runs and it was very im­por­tant that I paced the in­nings well and played the role of a fin­isher,” Shankar ex­plained.

While he was bowl­ing four to five overs per match dur­ing Vi­jay Hazare Tro­phy, he has bowled more overs in Ranji Tro­phy.

“I have put equal em­pha­sis on both as­pects of the game. I have com­pleted my 10 over quota in a lot of Hazare games and got break­throughs. In Ranji Tro­phy also, I had bowled a lot this sea­son. The best part is that I feel more stronger men­tally with the hard work I have put in.”

The sud­den se­lec­tion and the cloud of un­cer­tainty hover­ing over Pandya for his trans­gres­sions has sud­denly brought Shankar into the mix but he is un­fazed about it.

“I am not think­ing about World Cup and all those things. You can’t play freely if you start think­ing like that. I will have to be pre­pared and if an op­por­tu­nity to comes along the way, I will have to grab it,” Shankar signed off.

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