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Dream World Cup Debut For Vijay Shankar As He Picks Up A Wicket On His First Ball; Netizens Heap Praises On All-rounder After India's Win Versus Pakistan

Written By Koushik Narayanan | Mumbai | Published:


  • Vijay Shankar picked up a wicket on the first ball of his spell at his debut World Cup game against Pakistan on June 16
  • Shankar was announced as a part of the World Cup squad after impressing the selectors with stellar performances in the Ranji Trophy, IPL and international tours earlier this year
  • He picked up 2 wickets in his spell of 5.2 overs with an economy of 4.13, conceding only 22 runs and scored 15 runs with the bat

Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar made a dream World Cup debut as he struck gold right in his first ball - that too versus Pakistan. The all-rounder took out Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq with a leg-before-wicket (LBW) on his first ball, getting himself right on the money. A new face on the Indian side, Shankar made his debut for the national side earlier in the year in January following which he had a fantastic stint with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League(IPL). 

Shankar, who was picked ahead of Ambati Rayadu in the World Cup squad for his all-round abilities, picked up 2 wickets for 22 runs at an economy of 4.13 in 5.2 overs. He took to social media to post a photo of him playing at the Old Trafford, Manchester, with a caption that read "Old Trafford is really the Theatre of dreams". Here's the picture: 


Old Trafford is really the 'Theatre of Dreams' 🙏 #CWC19 #INDVSPAK #dreamdebut #gratefulandblessed

A post shared by Vijay shankar (@vijay_41) on

Vijay Shankar hails from a family of cricketers, his father and brother Ajay have played lower division cricket for Tamil Nadu. His career has witnessed several disruptions due to injuries. Vijay has carved a niche for himself in Tamil Nadu's middle-order, particularly after the exit of the long-serving batsman, Subramanium Badrinath. In his debut tournament for the national side, he was adjudged Man of the match in the league stage for his bowling.

The right-handed allrounder is a part of India's allrounder trio comprising of Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, and Hardik Pandya, who provide viable bowling options to skipper Virat Kohli and also increases the depth of the Indian batting line-up, boosting the score with a few big hits and stable innings.  

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Netizens expressed their love and gratitude for Vijay Shankar as they wished him success for his debut World Cup match and for the tournament ahead. Here are some of the tweets: 

 The all-rounder earned some flak as he managed to score only 15 runs in the final over of the match. However, the fact that only four bowlers have managed to take a wicket on the first ball of their debut in a World Cup boosts Shankar's confidence as he hopes to keep a place for himself in the national side.