Full name Vijay Shankar
Born January 26, 1991, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
Current age 26 years 267 days
Major teams Chennai Super Kings, Lyca Kovai Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu Districts XI
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|First-class debut||Vidarbha v Tamil Nadu at Nagpur, Dec 1-4, 2012 scorecard|
|Last First-class||South Africa A v India A at Pretoria, Aug 12-15, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Bangalore, Feb 20, 2012 scorecard|
|Last List A||India A v New Zealand A at Visakhapatnam, Oct 13, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Bhadravati, Mar 17, 2013 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders at Bengaluru, May 17, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|61, 0/31||India A||v NZ A||Visakhapatnam||13 Oct 2017||LA|
|1/18, 47*||India A||v NZ A||Visakhapatnam||11 Oct 2017||LA|
|0/30, 12||India A||v NZ A||Visakhapatnam||10 Oct 2017||LA|
|0/35, 26*||India A||v SA A||Pretoria||12 Aug 2017||FC|
|0/18, 72||India A||v SA A||Pretoria||8 Aug 2017||LA|
|0/32, 0||India A||v SA A||Pretoria||3 Aug 2017||LA|
|18*, 2/21||India A||v Afghan A||Pretoria||1 Aug 2017||LA|
|3/24||India A||v Afghan A||Pretoria||28 Jul 2017||LA|
|22||Sunrisers||v KKR||Bengaluru||17 May 2017||T20|
|63*||Sunrisers||v Guj Lions||Kanpur||13 May 2017||T20|
A middle-order batsman who can grind attacks and bowl medium-pace, Vijay Shankar established himself as one of the key members of a Tamil Nadu side undergoing transition in 2014-15. Particularly strong off the pads, and with a fondness for driving on the up, Shankar made scores of 111, 82, 91, 103 in the Ranji Trophy knockouts to finish with 577 runs at 57.70 that season, after returning from a groin injury.
He was subsequently rewarded with an India A call up and made an unbeaten half-century on debut against an Australia A attack comprising Gurinder Sandhu, Andrew Fekete, Sean Abbott, and Steve O'Keefe. Shankar also impressed against South Africa A and aimed to become a genuine allrounder, instead of a batsman who can bowl part-time.
As a teenager Shankar had honed his skills on his terrace, which doubled up as a make-shift indoor net, with his father and brother Ajay, who played lower-division cricket in Tamil Nadu. Shankar bowled offspin until he was 20, but switched to medium-pace in a bid to break into a spin-heavy Tamil Nadu side.
At 21, he was handed his first-class debut against Vidarbha in Nagpur, where he scored 63 not out and took two wickets. He had to play understudy to a settled middle order, before his breakthrough season in 2014-15. He had to play understudy at Chennai Super Kings in the IPL as well, getting just a solitary game over three seasons. He was then bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2016 IPL auction.