Full name Vijay Shankar
Born January 26, 1991, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
Current age 25 years 156 days
Major teams Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu Districts XI
Playing role Middle-order batsman
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||Tamil Nadu v Punjab at Dindigul, Dec 1-2, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Bangalore, Feb 20, 2012 scorecard|
|Last List A||Gujarat v Tamil Nadu at Alur, Dec 26, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Bhadravati, Mar 17, 2013 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Himachal Pradesh v Tamil Nadu at Nagpur, Jan 9, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2, 1/30||Tamil Nadu||v H. Pradesh||Nagpur||9 Jan 2016||T20|
|-||Tamil Nadu||v Gujarat||Nagpur||7 Jan 2016||T20|
|4, 0/34||Tamil Nadu||v Vidarbha||Nagpur||6 Jan 2016||T20|
|2, 0/11||Tamil Nadu||v Bengal||Nagpur||3 Jan 2016||T20|
|1/12||Tamil Nadu||v Haryana||Nagpur||2 Jan 2016||T20|
|2/36, 10||Tamil Nadu||v Gujarat||Alur||26 Dec 2015||LA|
|1/23, 22||Tamil Nadu||v U. Pradesh||Bangalore||24 Dec 2015||LA|
|7, 0/12||Tamil Nadu||v Rajasthan||Hyderabad||18 Dec 2015||LA|
|2/39, 23||Tamil Nadu||v Hyderabad||Hyderabad (Deccan)||17 Dec 2015||LA|
|16*||Tamil Nadu||v Services||Secunderabad||14 Dec 2015||LA|
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.
He understands the Indian mentality better and doesn't have to deal with star players on the wane