Nidahas Trophy: Vijay Shankar regrets missed opportunity at becoming India’s hero

first_imgVijay Shankar wants to move on from his innings in the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh and said the sympathy he garnered on social media for his 19-ball 17.Chasing 167 in the title clash of the T20I tri series in Colombo, India had suffered a couple of early setbacks but stayed on course thanks to an aggressive 56 from Rohit Sharma.But the chase got tricky again after Rohit’s departure and the team management decided to send Vijay up the order at No.6, ahead of the more experienced Dinesh Karthik.Batting for the first time in an international match, Vijay was all at sea and failed to score a single run against Mustafizur Rahman in the crucial 18th over – he ran a leg bye off the fifth ball and Manish Pandey was out slogging off the final delivery.However, Dinesh Karthik came in and smashed 22 runs off the 19th over from Rubel Hossain and India were left with 12 off the final over.Vijay was in the spotlight once again – the first ball was a wide down leg side but he failed to connect the first legitimate delivery of the 20th over. He then ran a single but found himself on strike again for the fourth ball which he placed for a boundary. However, he was dismissed in the penultimate ball, leaving Karthik to get five off the final delivery.Karthik of course smashed it for a six to seal a famous Indian win but Vijay was still shaken up even as the entire team celebrated.(Held back Dinesh Karthik because of his finishing ability and it paid off: Rohit Sharma)advertisement”When everyone was rejoicing after the final, I was feeling very disheartened at how things panned out. It was an opportunity given to me to become a hero. I should have finished the match,” he said.Vijay also said the sympathy on social media was not helping.”My parents and close friends didn’t say anything as they knew what I was going through. But I get these text messages like ‘don’t worry about what’s being said on social media’, when I actually I want to move on. They perhaps think that’s the way to show sympathy but it may not work,” the all-rounder said.”It was an off-day for me but I am finding it difficult to forget. I know I need to move on. I had a good tournament until that final day,” the soft-spoken Shankar said.The Chennai player was practical when asked about being pilloried on social media.”I need to accept that these are things that can happen when you play for India. The same social media would have gone berserk had I won the match all by myself.”It happened the opposite and I have to accept all the brickbats. That’s also a part of growing up,” Shankar replied calmly.”Had I got out for a second or a third ball duck, no one would have bothered about my performance. But then would I have liked that to happen? Certainly not. I would rather accept this situation.”You just can’t think of safe options always. You have to accept challenges head on,” Shankar said.(With PTI inputs)ALSO WATCH:last_img

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