Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar came into the XI in place of Shikhar Dhawan and made his mark against Pakistan, taking a wicket off his first ball in World Cup against Pakistan.
In a practice session post the game, he was hit by a Jasprit Bumrah delivery on the toes which kept him out of further practice. However, he has recovered well and is sure of retaining his place for the Afghanistan clash.
Vijay attended a press conference on the eve of India’s clash against South Africa. He addressed a lot of topics like his improvement as a cricketer, the update on his toe injury, his feelings on the World Cup selection and their next opponents.
The all-rounder said, “I've got a lot better (regarding the toe injury). Actually, when you play someone like Bumrah, you always expect that. Still, sometimes we do miss that.”
“Yeah, definitely, being a professional, it's very important to keep improving and get better every day. That is the only thing which each and every individual think about. If you can keep getting better, we can set ourself better standards every game. I will look to get better in every aspect of the game. Sometimes it's good to understand the situation, which will be very important in this tournament,” he added.
Afghanistan has not won a single game in the tournament yet and is a weak side when it comes to competing for the best ODI teams in the world.
Vijay said, “It's not about against whom we're playing. I think it's about how we play as individuals. As I said earlier, we always look to get better, even when we get to practice session. That is the only motive that we have. So it doesn't matter against whom we're playing.”
He also spoke about his World Cup selection and the opportunity he got to play against Pakistan which is a high voltage clash.
“Yeah, definitely it gives any player some confidence because that is really needed for any individual. Last game gave me some confidence, and especially playing against Pakistan, making my debut against them. It was a very special thing for me, performing under pressure and coming out good. The team winning at the end of the day is really important. It felt really good at the end of the day.”