WC 2019: “I’m not competing with Hardik,” says Vijay Shankar

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Vijay Shankar insisted that he is not competing with Hardik Pandya for the all-rounder’s slot in the national team during the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England.

The all-rounder is now being viewed as the likely contender for the number four slot in the team in the wake of his impressive performances against New Zealand and Australia.

As for Tamil Nadu all-rounder, he is not really into competing with Hardik Pandya. In an interview with PTI, he told: “I don’t think I am competing with Hardik. He is a terrific cricketer. Yes, we are all-rounders but we are different from each other. And why do we need to compete? It would be great if both of us can contribute in India’s victory.”

The 28-year-old went on to add that he gained some good confidence after the series against New Zealand. The biggest plus about Shankar is that he is now ready for whatever the team demands him to do even if it means to bat at number 4 in the mega tournament in the UK.

“The series against New Zealand was a great confidence-booster as I could score that 40 odds in touch conditions when the team needed me. I needed that self-belief and now I am ready for whatever the team tells me to do.”

It is no doubt that both Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar are known to smash towering sixes and the all-rounder explained it very clear that it everything about the body balance while going for the aerial route.

He explained, “I love hitting those big sixes. The key for me is to retain my shape. I have not been successful when I have tried to muscle the ball but whenever I have held shape, the ball has gone into the stands.”