Vijay Shankar was impressive on India’s tour of New Zealand, which comprised of five-ODIs and three T20Is. The right-hander scored an invaluable 45 in the fifth ODI when India was under the pump and then managed scores of 27, 14, and 43 batting at no.3 in the shortest format against the Black Caps. His good performances have earned him a place in India’s squad for the home series against the Men in Yellow.

The Tamil-Nadu all-rounder disclosed that he wants to express and explore his bowling more in the Australia series.

“Last time, when I was playing in the Nidahas Trophy, my mindset was to pick wickets. In recent times, I was much more restrictive mentally. I was just thinking about putting the balls in the good areas. Maybe, in the Australia series, I will look to express myself a lot more if I get to bowl” said Vijay.

Indian chief selector, MSK Prasad had expressed how Shankar’s rise had changed things in terms of team’s selection.

“Shankar’s performance in the recent series really changed a bit of dynamics and he brings a double impact to the side that’s why have we have included him. We’ll see how he performs in the next few matches,” Prasad said after his selection in the squads.

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