India all-rounder Vijay Shankar was one of the first players to express his joy after being selected in the 15-man squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup in England and Wales.
The 28-year-old Tamil Nadu cricketer was picked ahead of the likes of Ambati Rayudu and Ajinkya Rahane as chairman of selectors MSK Prasad and BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary made the announcement on Monday.
Vijay Shankar, who is currently plying his trade for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, said he felt really special to be chosen in the World Cup squad.
“Feels really good to be a part of the World Cup squad. This is my first call-up for the World Cup, it’s really special for any cricketer. It is very special for me as well. Just forward to a wonderful tour,” Vijay Shankar said in a video message posted by Sunrisers Hyderabad on Twitter
Vijay Shankar has been in good form with the bat for India in the limited opportunities that he got in the one-day side scoring 165 runs from 9 matches at an average of 33 and a strike rate of over 96.
Apart from his ability with the bat, Shankar is also a handy medium fast bowler with a decent economy rate of 5.61. He is also a terrific fielder who can be stationed in the inner circle as well as the outfield in limited-overs cricket which is why he was picked over the 33-year-old Ambati Rayudu, who has been far from impressive with the bat this year for Team India.
The Hyderabad veteran made a strong comeback to the limited-overs Indian team in 2018. He amassed 392 runs, including a century and three fities, in just 10 innings at an impressive average of 56.00. However, in 2019, Rayudu has scored just 247 runs from 10 matches at a below-par average of 30.87