Vijay Shankar Talks About Comparability With Hardik Pandya, Says, “Have To Focus On Video games That I Have”

“If it begins affecting me (that Hardik is the No 1 selection) then I’ll lose out on video games that I’ve with me. If I deal with the video games that I’ve and have match-winning performances, then my identify can be there within the circuit (reckoning),” Vijay informed PTI throughout an interview.

“If I carry out, folks will speak about me and if some alternative arises, I can be stepping into the Indian facet. So I can not take into consideration what different gamers are doing,” mentioned Vijay, who performed 12 ODIs and eight T20Is for India.

Vijay mentioned that he’s not being a mere survivor within the Indian staff however somebody who can carry out for a very long time.

“My dream isn’t just to get there and be a mere survivor. Provided that I excel, can I delay my worldwide profession. It is vital for us to be at our greatest once we go to the worldwide stage.”

However for that, the person with 45 first-class video games beneath his belt desires a everlasting batting place within the Tamil Nadu set-up which might give him a chance to attain extra runs.

“Through the years, when you see, I’ve batted in all middle-order slots and tailored to the wants of the staff. Nevertheless, when folks ask me what my objective is, I inform them that I have to have a hard and fast batting place. If I bat at Quantity three or 4, then solely can I take into consideration all these targets,” he mentioned.

“If I’m at all times shifting my batting place, then I’ll solely find yourself getting these half centuries,” he opined having scored 5 first-class a whole bunch and 16 fifties with a wholesome common of 45 plus.

World Cup was a golden alternative and he admitted that Afghanistan sport ended up being a missed likelihood.

“I missed out on two alternatives and one was towards Afghanistan (he scored 29). In opposition to the West Indies, I received good supply. Earlier than that, I had successive 40 plus scores towards New Zealand in a troublesome sport and towards Australia. Had I transformed even one begin into an enormous knock, it could have been a special story,” he rued.

Vijay has an astro-turf wicket on the rooftop of his residence however through the lockdown, he did not hit the nets.

“Normally, I name two or three individuals who come and bowl or give throwdowns. Because of the lockdown, I wasn’t in a position to name anybody so I simply did my workout routines. Hope I can now begin coaching.”

A lesser-known reality about Vijay is his patronage for Tamil Nadu’s bodily challenged cricket staff, the place many of the gamers are each day wage earners struggling as a result of lockdown.

“I’ve been the gamers for the final three years, and this time through the lockdown, I helped them with some cash in order that they do not go hungry.

“Earlier, I had sponsored the TN bodily challenged the staff with their jerseys and certainly one of them (Sachin Shiva) represented the nationwide staff for bodily challenged. The very best present was ”thanks” messages from a few of them,” he concluded.

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