It was his spot that Hardik Pandya took in 2016 for a tour of Australia with India A. Vijay Shankar was dominated out with a knee harm for which he wanted surgical procedure and he watched Hardik take his place and profit from the chance and ultimately set up himself as a premier all-rounder. But Shankar did not quit. He stored combating arduous and ultimately made his India debut in 2018.
It was not a easy trip for Vijay Shankar on the highest degree. After the lows of the Nidahas Trophy ultimate, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder labored his approach up as soon as once more and made his ODI debut in January 2019. In 5 months’ time, Shankar was on the flight to the UK with the World Cup workforce after a collection of excellent performances with the ball and the bat in opposition to New Zealand and Australia.
However, Shankar played only 3 World Cup matches before picking up another injury. The 30-year-old has not performed for India once more. Ever since Shankar has had to take care of a number of harm setbacks. His Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 was reduce quick by a hamstring harm. In 2021, he picked up one other harm on the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as early as Tamil Nadu’s first match in Kolkata.
Shankar accomplished his rehab and performed for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2021 solely to see the event getting suspended halfway due to Covid-19 instances in bio-bubbles of a number of franchises.
Vijay Shankar in motion of Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL. (Courtesy by BCCI/PTI Photo)
Speaking to indiatoday.in, Vijay Shankar concedes that recurring harm considerations aren’t straightforward to take care of, particularly at a time when there are restricted alternatives on the highest degree to stage a comeback. However, the previous Tamil Nadu captain says he’s not going to crib about his setbacks or use them to justify his absence from the senior nationwide workforce.
“It was very difficult, definitely. But if you ask me, from the time I got dropped from the Indian team, it was very difficult. I had another injury and then I was not even closer to getting into the Indian side after that. But if you see the time I was with the Indian team, I had a decent run. I was contributing in whatever batting order, whatever situation it was,” Shankar stated.
“But on the other side, if you see, definitely injuries have played a big part in my career. I don’t see that as something which I can justify, saying I could have done better if I had been fit. I don’t think that is fair to say. Injuries are bound to happen for sportsmen.
“It’s about pushing myself more durable each day. These issues are a part of my journey. Numerous negativity creeps in whenever you’re injured. ‘Whether I will probably be in a position to come again? When will I play subsequent?’. Every time, when I have a hamstring harm, there will probably be a small doubt in no matter you do – ‘What if I get that again once more?’.
“But I have always pushed myself harder for the best I can give. The rehab, whatever the small things I do, I will give my best because that’s the only thing I have in my control,” he added.
‘India recall not in my management’
As Shankar concedes, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder is not on the prime of the pecking order for an India comeback however the starvation to keep working arduous and put on that India jersey once more is burning vibrant.
“I can’t think of getting into the Indian side, those things are not in my hand. All I can do is prepare hard and try and do well in the matches that I play. I will try to push for that place again.
“Definitely, whoever has performed for that nation would love to put on that jersey once more. There is little doubt about that. I simply felt that when I had an honest run and I was not even thought-about after that, it was slightly disappointing,” he added.
Vijay Shankar represented India in 3 World Cup 2019 matches before being ruled out due to injury. (Reuters Photo)
Shankar did not have the best of IPL seasons for Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier this year but the all-rounder points out that it was not easy going into bat when the asking rate was over 10 consistently at a venue like Chennai where most batsmen struggled.
However, the India all-rounder might be considered for selection for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka in July. India’s first-choice stars will be in England for the Test series in August-September and the selectors have to pick limited-overs specialists for the series in the island nation.
Does Hardik Pandya’s bowling woes open up an opportunity for him?
When asked if Hardik Pandya’s inability to contribute with the ball opens up an opportunity for him, Shankar insisted that he wants to be recognised for his abilities and doesn’t want to be in the team just because he is another fast-bowling all-rounder.
Hardik has had his fair share of injury concerns and the all-rounder has not been blowing regularly. He was not picked for the England tour as India went ahead with Shardul Thakur as their bowling all-rounder option. The Mumbai Indians star did not bowl a single over in IPL 2021 as well.
“I don’t need to be in the workforce simply because I am an all-rounder, somebody who can bat and bowl. It needs to be extra real, I needs to be in the workforce when individuals belief me for my talents,” Shankar said.
“I have stated in the previous about not liking comparisons. But when you actually evaluate, I suppose I positively have finished higher than most.
“But if you ask me personally, because of all the disappointments, you can’t give up. You need to keep fighting, you need to keep pushing yourself. Being at my best is always important wherever I play, it doesn’t matter if I get picked or don’t get picked, I will still try my best, keep working hard. Whatever training I can do in the lockdown, I will keep doing that.
“I am fairly lucky to have an excellent household which retains backing me. I have good mates round. I have my private coach, S Balaji who retains pushing me.
“Sometimes, it happens, few players might get things a little late, but I will keep pushing for whatever things I deserve. More than this, there’s nothing much I can say. I will have to keep pushing myself for the best I can give.”