Vijay Shankar (cricketer)

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Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar.jpg
Vijay Shankar during the 2019–20 Vijay Hazare Trophy
Personal information
Born (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 29)
Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleBatting All-rounder
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 226)18 January 2019 v Australia
Last ODI27 June 2019 v West Indies
T20I debut (cap 74)6 March 2018 v Sri Lanka
Last T20I27 February 2019 v Australia
Domestic team information
2012–presentTamil Nadu
2014Chennai Super Kings
2016–2017, 2019–2020Sunrisers Hyderabad
2018Delhi Daredevils
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 12 9 41 64
Runs scored 223 101 2,099 1,539
Batting average 31.85 25.25 47.70 37.53
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 5/15 2/8
Top score 46 43 111 129
Balls bowled 233 126 3,065 1,738
Wickets 4 5 32 45
Bowling average 52.50 38.20 50.93 32.35
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/15 2/32 4/52 4/34
Catches/stumpings 7/– 2/– 26/– 26/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 26 June 2019

Vijay Shankar (born 26 January 1991) is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian national cricket team. He is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium pace. In April 2019, he was selected for the India's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[1]

Domestic career[edit]

Playing for Tamil Nadu, he won two man of the match awards in the knockout stage of 2014–15 Ranji Trophy. In the quarterfinal against Vidarbha, he scored 111 and 82 for which he was named man of the match. The match was drawn but Tamil Nadu progressed to the next round on first-innings lead. Against Maharashtra in the semifinal, he scored 91 and picked 2/47 to win his second man of the match award. This game was also drawn and Tamil Nadu progressed to the final on first-innings lead. In the final against Karnataka, he scored 5 & 103 and picked 1/92. However, Karnataka registered an innings victory to take the title.[2]

In October 2018, he was named in India C's squad for the 2018–19 Devdhar Trophy.[3] He was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, with seven dismissals in three matches.[4] The following month, he was named as one of eight players to watch ahead of the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy.[5] In October 2019, he was named in India B's squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy.[6]

Indian Premier League[edit]

In the Indian Premier League, he played one match for the Chennai Super Kings in 2014[7] and four for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2017. His highest batting score was 63 not out against Gujarat Lions on 13 May 2017.[8][9]

In January 2018, he was bought by the Delhi Daredevils in the 2018 IPL auction.[10]

He was traded back to the Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2019 IPL season. In March 2019, he was named as one of eight players to watch by the International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League tournament.[11]

International career[edit]

2017 Sri Lanka and Nidahas Trophy[edit]

On 20 November 2017, he was named as Bhuvneshwar Kumar's replacement in India's Test squad for their series against Sri Lanka, but he did not play.[12] In February 2018, he was named in India's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for the 2018 Nidahas Trophy.[13] He made his T20I debut for India against Sri Lanka in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy on 6 March 2018.[14] He took his first wicket in T20Is in his second match dismissing Mushfiqur Rahim via Umpire Decision Review System.[15] In the second match of the 2018 Nidahas Trophy, he took two wickets for 32 runs, with India winning by 6 wickets, and he was named the player of the match.[16]

2019 Australia tours[edit]

In January 2019, Shankar was named the replacement for Hardik Pandya, who was banned for his controversial remarks on a TV show, for the remaining two One Day Internationals (ODI) of the Australian tour and the whole limited-overs series in New Zealand.[17]

On 18 January 2019 he made his ODI debut against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground.[18]

2019 Cricket World Cup[edit]

In April 2019, he was named in India's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[19][20] The International Cricket Council (ICC) named him as one of the five surprise picks for the tournament.[21] He took a wicket with his first ball, becoming the third player to do so at a World Cup.[22] However, Shankar was ruled out of India's final two matches due to an injury, with Mayank Agarwal named as his replacement.[23]


  1. ^ "Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar in India's World Cup squad". Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Final, Ranji Trophy at Mumbai, Mar 8-12 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Rahane, Ashwin and Karthik to play Deodhar Trophy". ESPN Cricinfo. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Deodhar Trophy, 2018/19: Most wickets". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Eight players to watch out for in Ranji Trophy 2018-19". ESPN Cricinfo. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Deodhar Trophy 2019: Hanuma Vihari, Parthiv, Shubman to lead; Yashasvi earns call-up". SportStar. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Pepsi Indian Premier League, 37th match: Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals at Ranchi, May 13, 2014". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  8. ^ "All you need to know about Vijay Shankar". The Hindu. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  9. ^ "53rd match (D/N), Indian Premier League at Kanpur, May 13 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  10. ^ "List of sold and unsold players". ESPN Cricinfo. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Indian Premier League 2019: Players to watch". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Bhuvneshwar, Dhawan released from India Test squad". ESPN Cricinfo. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Rohit Sharma to lead India in Nidahas Trophy 2018". BCCI Press Release. 25 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  14. ^ "1st Match (N), Nidahas Twenty20 Tri-Series at Colombo, Mar 6 2018,7.00PM". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Dhawan, Unadkat brush aside Bangladesh". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  16. ^ "2nd Match (N), Nidahas Twenty20 Tri-Series at Colombo, Mar 8 2018". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Vijay Shankar replaces Hardik Pandya in Australia, Shubman Gill added for New Zealand tour". HindustanTimes. 13 January 2019.
  18. ^ "India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Vijay Shankar to debut; India make three changes". The Indian Express. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Rahul and Karthik in, Pant and Rayudu out of India's World Cup squad". ESPN Cricinfo. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar in India's World Cup squad". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  21. ^ "Cricket World Cup 2019: Five surprise picks". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  22. ^ "India vs Pakistan: Vijay Shankar joins elite list with wicket off first ball in World Cups". India Today. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Vijay Shankar out of World Cup with toe injury". ESPN Cricinfo. July 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.

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