Tamil Nadu allrounder Vijay Shankar is relieved that he will have his statemates MS Washington Sundar and senior pro Dinesh Karthik for company, when he embarks on his maiden foreign assignment in Sri Lanka with the Rohit Sharma-led Indian team for the Nidahas T20 Trophy.
“It is a familiar dressing room, having played with most of the team members (for India A), who have been chosen for the series in Sri Lanka. It will be nice to have them (Karthik and Sundar) also in the dressing room,” Shankar said.
“Being part of the national Test set-up is an experience I enjoyed. I learnt by watching the players prepare for matches. I have also been working on my bowling, trying a lot of new things,” he added.
“I am very happy to have got the call-up. It is a pleasant surprise. My aim has always been to keep improving and to do well in the opportunities I get. I was training when I got the news about my selection for the tri-series in Sri Lanka,” Shankar said.
The 27-year-old all-rounder was picked up Daredevils for Rs 3.2 crore during the IPL auctions last month. Shankar, captain of the Tamil Nadu ODI and T20 sides, has been in good form with the bat, both in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy.