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By Dhiraj | Mar 24, 2019 09:27 PM

Vijay Shankar's brand value has rapidly risen in the space of a few months. From being a backup allrounder to Hardik Pandya to now being one of the front runners for the number four position in the world cup squad, he really has come a long way.

Vijay Shankar\'s rise in the Indian team and IPL

His first real talent was exposed on the International scene was during the one day series in NewZealand, when he came in with India struggling at 18 for 4. He showed great composure and technique to tackle the tough condition and steadied the ship before he, unfortunately, got run out for 45. He then got to bat at number 3 for India in the T20's against NewZealand where he did a reasonable job. His next big opportunity came in the home series against Australia, where India were in trouble, and once again played a very sensible innings of 46 to help India get back on track before getting run out. These two innings showed what Vijay Shankar as a batsman is made off and these are very promising signs.

Now, Having transferred from Delhi to the Sunrisers Hyderabad, he has come out at number 3 against KKR where he played a crucial hand to finish off the innings scoring 40 off just 24 deliveries. Performances in a high-pressure tournament like IPL, will go a long way in boosting his confidence.Apart from this, he can also be a handy bowling option which has not yet been explored to full potential.

Keeping this in mind, and also the fact that India have not settled on a number four yet, Vijay Shankar could possibly be the answer they are looking for.

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