Vijay Shankar bagged Man of the Match award in India's six-wicket win over Bangladesh in Nidahas Trophy 2018. The Indian cricket team all-rounder picked 2/32 to make sure India doesn't get a huge target for the chase.
The Tamil Nadu all-rounder saw two drop catches off his bowling before scalping his first wicket in the game. First, it was Suresh Raina who dropped an easy chance, and then, Washington Sundar dropped one at fine leg, which was a diffcult one to grasp.
Speaking after the end of the match, Shankar said: “I was not thinking too much about those dropped chances. Dropping catches, I think is a part of the game. I would have loved to get my first wicket at that time but still, as cricketers, we know it is not easy to field under lights and with the white ball.”
Shankar and Jaydev Unadkat’s bowling performances was backed by Shikhar Dhawan’s 55, which ensures India's first victory in the tri-nation series. The 27-year-old all-rounder said taking wickets at regular intervals was the key.
“We bowled good lengths right from ball one. We kept taking wickets at regular intervals and never allowed them to get the momentum. This is why we managed to restrict them,” Shankar said.
Shankar conceded 5 extras; 3 wides and 2 no-ball out of India's 15 extras. However, he isn't concerned about it too much. “Most of the extras were marginal. When we tried bowling the wide yorker, it was a bit away from the line. I think as bowlers, we can take that one extra yard in trying it out,” Shankar added.
The all-rounder cleared that comparisons should not be done with other players. “The comparison with Hardik Pandya, I think, most cricketers don’t like comparing. For me, what is important is what I do every day in the nets to get better,” Shankar said.