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Vijay Shankar insists India’s bowlers won’t let any team get 500 runs

by Sahir Usman May 25, 2019 • 05:37 AM

“They have that ability and I believe that picking up wickets is the only way to stay in games. Everyone in our bowling attack has that skill, so if we can do that and can keep giving ourselves the best chance to deliver, we’ll be pretty happy.

“We talk a lot about the traditional bowling conditions in England but you see the scores that have been made in recent times – they’ve been pretty big.

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“We’ll have to adapt quickly to the conditions on the day and it’s important we don’t have any preconceptions that it’ll be swinging or seaming around. It could be really flat, so we’ll just have to adapt to that.”

Shankar is the closest thing to a bolter in India’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 squad – having only made his ODI debut in January.

It’s been a rapid rise for the 28-year-old who had consistently impressed on A-team tours, only to suffer a series of injuries at the most frustrating times.

Fully fit at last, there is hope he could fill the tricky No.4 spot behind the nailed-on top three of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli but the man himself is blocking out any extraneous noise.

“There’s a lot of talk about my role, and maybe batting at No.4, but it’s good for me to keep things simple and enjoy my cricket,” he explains.

“That’s what I’ve been doing for the last year at least, that’s what has got me here. All I can do is prepare myself to the best of my ability.

“I never know when I will be needed to do the job with bat or ball. As long as I’m ready to accept any challenge, I’ll be really happy about it. I have to be prepared and enjoy every opportunity.

“It’s the biggest thing, representing your country, so I have to enjoy myself rather than putting myself under pressure.

“I’ll keep working hard on all aspects of my game and give my best for the team when the opportunity comes.”