Vijay Shankar (born 26 January 1991) is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian National team. He is an all-rounder who bats in the middle order and bowls right-arm medium pace. In April 2019 he was selected for the 2019 cricket world cup.
|Full name||Vijay Shankar|
|Date of Birth||January 26,1991|
|Birth Place||Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu (India)|
|Playing Role||Batting All-Rounder|
|Batting Style||Right Handed Bat|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm medium|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Teams||India, Tamil Nadu, Chennai Super Kings, Rest of India, India A, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Lyca Kovai Kings, South Zone, India Blue, Delhi Capitals, Chepauk Super Gillies, India B, India C|
vs Sri Lanka, 2018-03-06, R.Premadasa Stadium
vs Australia, 2019-01-18, Melbourne Cricket Ground
vs Rajasthan Royals, 2014-05-13, JSCA International Stadium Complex
|Jersey Number||59 (Domestic)|
|Coach/Mentor||S Balaji, WV Raman|
|School||Modern Senior Secondary School, Nanganallur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|College||Guru Nanak College, Chennai|
|Family||Father- H. Shankar (Former club cricketer)|
Mother- Name Not Known
Brother- Ajay Shankar (Elder)
|Hobbies||Spending time with friends, Watching football|
|Favourite Football Team||Manchester United Football Club|
Vijay Shankar plays for Tamil Nadu in the domestic circuit; he won two men of the match awards in the knockout stage of 2014-15 Ranji Trophy. In the quarterfinal against Vidarbha, he scored 111 and 82 in the two-inning he played for which he was named man of the match. he called the man of the game again, In the semifinal against Maharashtra, he scored 91 and picked 2/47.
In October 2018, he was named in India C’s Squad for 2018-19 Devdhar Trophy. He was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. He was also named as one of the eight players to watch out for ahead of 2018-19 Ranji Season.
Vijay Shankar IPL Career
He made his IPL debut in 2014 for CSK, though he had just played only one game that season. After a gap of 2 years, he played four games for SRH in 2017. His highest batting score was 63 not out against Gujarat Lions on 13 May 2017.
In Jan 2018 he was bought by Delhi Daredevils(now Delhi Capitals)in the 2018 IPL auction.
In 2019 he was traded back to SRH for 2019 IPL season.
Vijay Shankar is having an excellent IPL 2020 both with the bat and bowl.
Vijay Shankar International Career
He was named as a replacement for Bhuvneshwar Kuma in the test series against Sri Lanka, but he did not play.
Vijay Shankar made his T20I debut against Sri Lanka in the Nidahas trophy on 6 March 2018. He took his first wicket in T20Is in his second match after he dismissed M Rahim via DRS he was also named the player of the game in this game.
He was named in India’s World Cup squad in April 2019. 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 the tournament before the final two matches due to injury, and Mayank Agarwal was named as his replacement.
Vijay Shankar’s lesser-known facts
- Vijay Shankar started playing Cricket at a very young age with his father and brother who helped him to develop his skills.
- He was an off-spinner initially, he later switched to medium pace to be part of the state team as there were already plenty of spinners for the team.
- Shankar made his List A debut in 2012 for Tamil Nadu against Andhra at Bangalore.
- He made his first-class debut in the 2012-13 Ranji season at Nagpur he scored 63 runs not out and also picked two wickets
- CSK bought him three times in 2013,2014 and 2015 IPL auctions
- His consist performance in the domestic circuit helped him to play for India A
- In 2018 IPL auction Shankar was bought for Rs 3.2 Crore by Delhi Daredevils for the 2018 IPL season.