No comparisons with Hardik Pandya: Vijay Shankar

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 09, 2018 16:30 hrs
Vijay Shankar picked two wickets as India beat Bangladesh to open their account

India all-rounder Vijay Shankar who stole the show with his fine bowling performance during the second T20I against Bangladesh said that he doesn't want to put himself under any kind of pressure by drawing comparisons with Hardik Pandya.

Shankar took two wickets as India defeated Bangladesh by six wickets to open their account in the Tri-series.

"For me, what is more important is to get better and better everyday. Because the pressure or comparing me with Hardik because he is also an all-rounder, I think most cricketers don't like comparison but it is important for us to show what we have and give our best instead of putting ourselves under pressure," he said.

Shankar had to wait for a longer time to pick his maiden wicket as Suresh Raina and Washington Sundar missed catches. Reflecting on the drop catches, Shankar said: "That didn't affect me much because dropping catches is part of the game.

"Obviously I would have loved to get my first wicket at that time but as cricketers we know it is not easy to field under lights with the white ball. I didn't give much importance to that, I was just focusing on bowling the next ball," he said.

The all-rounder further stated that he is happy that his hard work has finally paid off. "It feels really great, I have been working really hard.

"I think the intensity with which I have been working, all that paid off with this and I feel it is just a start for me. As a cricketer, the constant thing is to keep improving and learning and I am really looking forward to the coming weeks," he said.

"I think the inner strength that I have helps me stay calm. Obviously when you are playing for India is special but I try to play each and every game seriously and my only thinking is to improve every day, so it has been good for me."

Shankar acknowledged the role of the team management, who gave him the freedom to express. "I think the team management plays a huge part, they give us the freedom to express ourself which is very important at this stage," he said.

"The pressure will always be there, if we enjoy the pressure then we will be able to do well but if we put ourselves under pressure then we can get into trouble."

India restricted Bangladesh to 139 for eight in 20 overs after electing to field.

"I think we bowled really good length. The important thing we kept taking wickets and was able to restrict them to 138-139 and that is more important," Shankar said.

India skipper Rohit Sharma lauded the team for its clinical show.

"It was a great performance - something that was expected from us. Till the last ball of the game was bowled, it was clinical," he said. "We looked into what went wrong against Sri Lanka and we thought hitting back of a length was a good option. We wanted them to go after the long boundaries.

"I thought the bowlers executed their plans really well.Came out and did what was asked. We kept it simple," he added.

Sharma, however, said India have to raise their fielding performance after being sloppy during the second T20 match.

"We need to improve our catching. We want to get better as a fielding side every game we play. We are much better than that. Hopefully, we won't make the same mistakes again."

His Bangladesh counterpart Mahmudullah blamed his batsmen for not putting enough runs on board.

"It's obvious that we didn't bat well. We should've scored a lot more runs, probably 30 more runs," he said.

"They executed their plans very well but we should have found ways to make more runs. We need to rotate the strike more often. The dot balls created a lot of pressure. I think we are just one win away from getting a boost. We're still searching for it and I think we'll get it," he added.

India will play Sri Lanka on March 12.

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