Sanjay Manjrekar lauds Vijay Shankar: That innings of 46 was oozing class

first_imgBrief scores – India 156 for 4 (28.5 overs) vs Australia in Nagpur. Virat Kohli (62*), Kedar Jadhav (0*). Scorecard | Live BlogIndia all-rounder Vijay Shankar was probably on course for a big score for India on Tuesday but his innings was cut short due to an unfortunate run out in the ongoing second one-day international against Australia in Nagpur.Shankar had joined his skipper Virat Kohli in the middle when India were in a spot of bother at 75 for 3 in the 17th over.From there on he dominated the 81-run partnership with Kohli, blasting 46 off 41 balls at a strike rate of over 112. He smashed five boundaries and a six without taking too many risks.The 28-year-old had played just five ODIs before this game with 45 being his highest score but it was in this innings that he looked at his fluent best.Shankar’s knock was lauded by former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar on social media.”Forget Vijay Shankar the all rounder, let’s focus on Vijay Shankar the batsman. That innings of 46 was oozing class,” Manjrekar tweeted.Forget Vijay Shankar the all rounder, let’s focus on Vijay Shankar the batsman. That innings of 46 was oozing class. #AUSvINDSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 5, 2019An unfortunate run out resulted in his departure in the 29th over with India reaching 156 for 4.The Aussies were relieved the fourth-wicket partnership was taking the game away from them. Zampa tossed one up which Kohli smashed towards the bowler who stuck his hand out to the right. The ball then went onto hit the stumps. Shankar in the meantime looked to get back in with a dive.advertisementReplays showed Shankar was just short of his crease at the non-striker’s end.A touch unfortunate as the well set Vijay Shankar departs for 46.#TeamIndia 156/4 after 28.5 overs pic.twitter.com/ZRqeUU24ABBCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019Shankar has been in good form with the bat this year with 91 runs and is averaging over 45 in six matches. He has been included in the side in place of the injured Hardik Pandya and has made the most of the limited opportunities he has got so far with the bat even though Kohli hasn’t used him much as a bowler till now.But looking at his form and fitness, Shankar may have just booked his ticket to England for the ICC World Cup in May as the second third all-rounder after Pandya and Kedar Jadhav.Also Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli 7th Indian batsman to hit 50 ODI fiftiesAlso Read | Nagpur ODI: MS Dhoni returns to happy hunting ground amid strong form vs Australialast_img

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