New Delhi: All-rounder Vijay Shankar being picked as India’s No.4 batsman for the World Cup saw the birth of the biggest debate to engulf Indian cricket in recent times. Former cricketers and pundits have had their say and many believe that Ambati Rayudu or Rishabh Pant would have been a better option. But then, the five wise men — national selectors — clearly thought otherwise when they felt that Shankar fits the bill.Interestingly, criticism and Shankar have a history. They go hand-in-hand, to be honest. Not many cricket fans in the country would have forgotten the all-rounder’s struggle against Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy and the hate reaction that followed on social media after Shankar struggled with the bat during India’s chase and ended with a 19-ball 17. Even though India won the game, Shankar was made to relive the horror of his innings again and again by media and fans. But every dark cloud has a silver lining.Speaking to IANS, Vijay Shankar said that it was a life lesson and one that made him a stronger human being who realized the importance of enjoying the moment and not putting too much pressure on himself on the cricket field. In fact, he also says that not many realized that it was just his first outing with the bat as an India player.“I would definitely say the Nidahas Trophy was a life-changing experience as a cricketer for me. It has been a year and everyone knows what happened and how difficult it was.“I would have easily attended 50 phone calls from all over India. The press people kept calling me and asked me the same question. Even the social media and all was a little difficult for me, I felt a little disappointed and took me some time to get out of that zone.“But on the hindsight, it taught me how to come out of that, learned how to handle situations. That incident showed me that one bad day isn’t the end of the world. It hasn’t happened only to me, has happened to many top players over the years.“The best thing is that it happened on my first outing with the bat. I had bowled in the series, but that was the first time I went in to bat. I didn’t realize what happened right then, but that was a life lesson. It taught me to enjoy every moment as things as such episodes are temporary and I must focus on giving my 100 percent,” he explained.Coming back to the much-debated batting slot in the World Cup, Vijay Shankar has learned to de-stress and not get bothered by what is being said around him. For him, it is the team management that counts. (IANS) Also Read: SPORTS NEWS
COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018Three more medals won in wrestling on day-eight of competitionPermanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Olusade Adesola, has cautioned Team Nigerian athletes harbouring the idea of defecting from the Commonwealth Games in Australia to think twice before plunging themselves into perpetual regrets.The top sports ministry official gave the advice Thursday when he visited the Games Village where all athletes for the competition are lodged. He was making references to the defection of eight Cameroon athletes from the Games.“Defection, no doubt, brings embarrassment to any government. But the truth is that most of these athletes don’t know that those countries they are running to are no El Dorado.He advised athletes nurturing the idea about defection to learn a lesson from so many Nigerians who have been repatriated.“There is no place like your country. That which you are running away from will confront you double times there and you’ll live miserably and hide perpetually. Before you know it, you’ll be full of regrets”.Speaking on the Games, he commended the staff and coaches for their excellent work which have been transferred to the athletes and is yielding results at the Games.He praised Team Nigeria athletes for their high level of discipline and encouraged those who did win medals to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship.Chef de Mission of the Games, Mrs Kofo Nwokedi thanked the Perm Sec and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung for their fatherly role and love for the contingent to the Games.Meanwhile, Team Nigeria ended Day-eight of the Commonwealth Games in the 11th position despite winning one silver and two bronze (all from wrestling) on Thursday.Following the addition of the three more medals, Team Nigeria currently has four gold, five silver and two bronze medals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Premier County are in fifth place in Division 3 with four games left to play. Tipp yesterday lost out to Fermanagh in Brewster Park on a full time score line of Fermanagh 2-9 Tipperary 0-11. Creedon says his side will need to overcome their Munster rivals this weekend.