Vijay Shankar included in Tamil Nadu squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy
CHENNAI: Vijay Shankar, who is recovering from a thumb injury, was named the vice-captain of Tamil Nadu's 16-member squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, starting in Jaipur on September 24.
The India all-rounder had sustained thumb injuries twice during THE India A series against South Africa A and didn't feature in a single match. However, the Tamil Nadu think-tank believes that the 28-year-old will regain his fitness in time.
"In consultation with the physio, the team management will take a call on Vijay Shankar on the eve of our first game. It is a long tournament, so we aren't concerned much and we know that he will be available at some point. We have named a balanced squad and have all our bases covered," TN chief selector M Senthilnathan told TOI.
Apart from Shankar, J Kousik and Washington Sundar are the other two all-rounders in the squad, which is presently undergoing a preparatory camp in Tiruppur under coach D Vasu. R Ashwin, who has been named in India's Test squad against South Africa, was left out while M Shahrukh Khan was named as a replacement for M Vijay, who will miss the first two matches due to his county commitments.
In Vijay’s absence, wicket-keeper batsman N Jagadeesan will open the batting with Abhinav Mukund while B Aparajith will come in at No. 3. It was also learnt that Dinesh Karthik will be the preferred choice as the first wicket-keeper even though the captain, who is set to join the TN camp on Sunday, will take a final call on the matter.
With the wickets in Jaipur likely to assist pacers, Tamil Nadu have named four fast bowlers.
"The pitches in Tiruppur are newly-laid and offer plenty of pace and bounce. So we have been preparing on seaming tracks. We are also focusing on our fitness and playing under simulated conditions. I have been working on the mental aspect of the game with the players and giving them confidence. Hopefully, all these will pay off when time comes," Vasu said.
SQUAD: Abhinav Mukund, M Vijay, B Aparajith, Dinesh Karthik (c), M Ashwin, MS Washington Sundar, Vijay Shankar (vC), R Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, T Natarajan, K Vignesh, M Mohammed, M Siddharth, Abhishek Tanwar, C Hari Nishaanth, J Kousik