Vijay Shankar (cricketer)
|Full name||Vijay Shankar|
|Born||26 January 1991|
Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
|ODI debut (cap 226)||18 January 2019 v Australia|
|Last ODI||27 June 2019 v West Indies|
|T20I debut (cap 74)||6 March 2018 v Sri Lanka|
|Last T20I||27 February 2019 v Australia|
|Domestic team information|
|2014||Chennai Super Kings|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 26 June 2019
Vijay Shankar (born 26 January 1991) is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian national cricket team. He is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium pace. In April 2019, he was selected for the India's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Playing for Tamil Nadu, he won two man of the match awards in the knockout stage of 2014–15 Ranji Trophy. In the quarterfinal against Vidarbha, he scored 111 and 82 for which he was named man of the match. The match was drawn but Tamil Nadu progressed to the next round on first-innings lead. Against Maharashtra in the semifinal, he scored 91 and picked 2/47 to win his second man of the match award. This game was also drawn and Tamil Nadu progressed to the final on first-innings lead. In the final against Karnataka, he scored 5 & 103 and picked 1/92. However, Karnataka registered an innings victory to take the title.
In October 2018, he was named in India C's squad for the 2018–19 Devdhar Trophy. He was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, with seven dismissals in three matches. The following month, he was named as one of eight players to watch ahead of the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy.
Indian Premier League
In the Indian Premier League, he played one match for the Chennai Super Kings in 2014 and four for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2017. His highest batting score was 63 not out against Gujarat Lions on 13 May 2017.
He was traded back to the Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2019 IPL season. In March 2019, he was named as one of eight players to watch by the International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League tournament.
2017 Sri Lanka and Nidahas Trophy
On 20 November 2017, he was named as Bhuvneshwar Kumar's replacement in India's Test squad for their series against Sri Lanka, but he did not play. In February 2018, he was named in India's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for the 2018 Nidahas Trophy. He made his T20I debut for India against Sri Lanka in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy on 6 March 2018. He took his first wicket in T20Is in his second match dismissing Mushfiqur Rahim via Umpire Decision Review System. In the second match of the 2018 Nidahas Trophy, he took two wickets for 32 runs, with India winning by 6 wickets, and he was named the player of the match.
2019 Australia tours
In January 2019, Shankar was named the replacement for Hardik Pandya, who was banned for his controversial remarks on a TV show, for the remaining two ODIs of the Australian tour and the whole limited-overs series in New Zealand.
On 5 March 2019, he took his first ODI wicket against Australia at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur of Marcus Stoinis and then of Adam Zampa in the final over of the game to help India win the match by 8 runs and also scored 46 with the bat.
2019 Cricket World Cup
In April 2019, he was named in India's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The International Cricket Council (ICC) named him as one of the five surprise picks for the tournament. He took a wicket with his first ball, becoming the third player to do so at a World Cup. However, Shankar was ruled out of India's final two matches due to an injury, with Mayank Agarwal named as his replacement.
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