Sunriser Hyderabad young all-rounder player Vijay Shankar impressed by playing a match winning with unbeaten 63 partnership with captain David Warner match against Gujarat Lions and with his brilliant fielding talents.
Vijay performance comes after leading Tamil Nadu to Vijay Hazare, now he became one of the top four all-rounders in the country and planning to build on earlier seasons.
The 26-year-old Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay said to TOI on Friday that “After the knee injury last year, I had shortened my run-up a bit and it helped me immensely. While I was bowling at 120kmph earlier, I could increase my delivery speed to 128kmph. At times, I clocked 130kmph.”
“At the Hyderabad nets, Moody told me that my bowling could be more effective if I adjust the position of my arms while releasing the ball. He also suggested some minor adjustments to my action. So, I will be working on them.”
Vijay has contributed in the Indian Premier League with wonderful catches as a substitute fielder. He feels that 63 unbeaten was a crucial inning of his short IPL career.
Vijay said “With very few chances, it sometimes becomes difficult to stay motivated. But I always keep simulating match situations in my head to stay in the zone. Since I often come on as a substitute, I remain focused about what happens in the middle. These aspects helped me to approach the innings against Gujarat calmly.”
“There was enormous pressure too as I knew that a failure can again shut the door on my chances. But I enjoyed playing with Warner. It was a two-paced wicket and he asked me to play straight. I held my nerves and started dominating. Slowly I gained confidence of my captain and I felt happy to repay his faith.”
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Vijay said that Warner helped him while playing against Gujarat Lions as a partnership, “Captaincy helped me to take more responsibility. When I went out to bat for TN, I looked at finishing the innings. I went into bat with the same mindset against Gujarat.”
Talking about his knee injury, Vijay said, “I understand my body better after the knee injury. I know that I need some rest before another gruelling season. Hopefully, I will get some before the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).”