Vijay Shankar reveals his ‘life-changing experience as a cricketer’

Written by Vishwas Gupta

India cricketer Vijay Shankar has picked out his outing in the Nidahas Trophy 2018 final as the life changing moment his budding international cricket career. The all-rounder was criticised for his 19-ball 17 in the final against Bangladesh as India was finally bailed out by Dinesh Karthik (29* off 8 balls), whose heroics in the last two overs took the team over the line.

“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,” Shankar said.

“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 realise 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 per cent,” he explained.

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