Vijay Shankar was not in contention for World Cup a few months back. But the Koffee with Karan controversy which ruled Hardik Pandya out of the team against Australia paved way for Shankar. And the Tamil-Nadu player grabbed the chances with both his hands and now he will be part of India’s 15-Man squad that travels to England and Wales for the Cricket World Cup.

“I am extremely elated to be in the Indian WC team. This is like a dream come true. We have a few World Cup winning team members here at SunRisers Hyderabad and I have spoken to them to understand what it feels like to play in a WC and then go on to win it. I have learnt a lot from them on the ways to manage pressure at such a large scale event,” said Shankar.

The selectors indicated that Shankar is likely to play at no.4 for India yesterday during the team announcement. “After the Champions Trophy ,we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also included Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat, if the conditions are overcast he can bowl, plus he is a fielder. We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a No. 4. Now we have plenty of options for that slot,” said MSK Prasad.

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