Nidahas Trophy | Vijay Shankar doesn't want to be compared with Hardik Pandya

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Nidahas Trophy | Vijay Shankar doesn't want to be compared with Hardik Pandya

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Vijay Shankar has made it clear that he doesn't bother with his comparison with Hardik Pandya and also added that most cricketers don't like such comparisons. Shankar, who got the Man of the Match award against Bangladesh, has stated that being with the national team is a dream for every cricketer.

India failed to register a good start in the ongoing tri-series Nidahas Trophy as they faced a five-wicket loss against the hosts Sri Lanka but under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, India thrashed Bangladesh in the second game by six wickets.

Shankar received his international debut cap in the series opener and in the second game emerged as the Man of the Match. He returned with two wickets, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, while conceding 32 runs. The 27-year-old knew that the absence of regular players gave him the chance to play for Team India and after their return, he will have to vacate the position but he is completely focussed on delivering good performances while in the Indian side.

"What is important for me is what I do everyday. The pressure and... comparing me with Hardik Pandya, I think, most cricketers don't like comparing and it is very important to show what we have, rather than putting ourselves under pressure," Vijay said as quoted by Cricbuzz.

The wait for maiden wicket for Shankar was little long because of the dropped catches from his teammates. During the seventh over of the game, Suresh Raina dropped a sitter at mid-off and in the same over Washington Sundar failed to grasp the ball at fine leg. However, Shankar was not to be denied as he opened his wicket tally in the ninth over.

"That [dropped catches] did not affect me much. I was not thinking too much about those dropped chances. Dropping catches, I think is a part of the game. I would have loved to get my first wicket at that time but still, as cricketers, we know it is not easy to field under lights and with the white ball. I definitely did not give much importance to that dropped catch. I was just going back to bowl the next ball well," the all-rounder added.

With the help some consistent performances on the domestic circuit this year, the Tamil Nadu player finally managed to make it to the senior team. He was a part of the India A team which played against New Zealand A in October of 2017 which attested to his continuous growth. That’s why when Pandya was rested for the series, selectors agreed on Shankar’s name to replace the first choice all-rounder.

He didn’t waste his chance to grab the attention in the first T20I game where he bowled an economical spell of 0 for 15 runs in 2 overs which won the trust of Rohit Sharma and the skipper decided to give Shankar his full quota of four overs in the second 20-overs game.

"Been looking forward to this. Have been working hard, so very happy. Bowling has given me something extra in my game. We got wickets today, which helped us restrict them. A lot of people (inspired me)," Shankar said quoted by India Today.

"Being with this team is a dream for every cricketer. Everyone in the dressing room is very supportive."

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