As things stand, Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya are no more fighting for the same spot. There could come a situation where both of them are a part of the playing XI in order to lend appropriate depth to both the batting and bowling departments.
5 March, 2019: Australia have 11 runs to make in the final over to win the second One-Day International against India in Nagpur and level the series. Virat Kohli throws the ball to Vijay because he is exhausted of options. On the eve of his one-year anniversary of his international debut, Shankar takes just three balls to pick up the last two Australian wickets and give India an eight-run win. Social media is full of praise for the right-arm medium pacer.
India vs Australia: Vijay Shankar Rock Men in the Indian Team
This newfound perspective towards life has played a massive role in Vijay’s image undergoing a transformation within a year. So much so that he has jumped the queue to be considered as a serious contender for the second allrounder spot for the upcoming World Cup in England.
The basic difference between the batting styles of Vijay and Pandya bat is in the way they both go about their innings. While the Tamil Nadu all-rounder is more of a constructor who can play the big shots, Pandya is an attacker, and both of them have their virtues.
It may be unfair on Rayudu, who has been identified by the team management as the No 4 batsman, but there are still three more ODIs to see if the line-up can do without him.
Sending Vijay Shankar upwards proved to be effective
The team management sent Vijay Shankar over which proved to be effective. Shankar scored some good shots and scored 46 runs with the help of five fours and a six. Kohli and Shankar shared 81 runs for the fourth wicket. This partnership broke down on Shankar’s run out. Shankar was run out in unfortunate manner. Kohli played a direct shot at Adam Jamba’s ball, which hit Jampa’s finger and hit on the wickets. Shankar was out of the crease and he had to return to the pavilion here.
Or Kohli scored 40th century
The previous match hero Kedar Jadhav (11) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (0) got Jampa out in the same over and brought India to crisis. Kohli, however, stood on one end. Ravindra Jadeja (21) continued to add 87 runs with Kohli to the good score, but Jadeja was caught by Uthman Khawaja at the score of 238 on the Cummins ball. Virat Kohli’s innings of 40th century, also ended in the Cummins innings in the 48th over. Kuldeep Yadav contributed three runs Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled Jaspreet Bumrah and ended the Indian innings. For Australia, Cummins took four wickets. Jampa got two wickets.