There is a scarcity of genuine all-rounders in the Indian squad since a long time. However, with the advent of players like Vijay Shankar, the story might change.
A middle order batsman as well as a useful medium pacer, Vijay was born on 26 January 1991.
The right-handed batsman has been doing wonders for his home side, Tamil Nadu and has been handed the onus of captaincy for the List A and T20 formats.
Hailing from a family that loves cricket, Vijay had no lack of opportunities to begin with.
His father, who is a former club cricketer, had a makeshift net constructed on the terrace of their home so that his son could practice easily. Vijay honed his skills practicing with his brother, who is also a league cricketer.
Vijay made his debut for Tamil Nadu at the age of 21 in a List-A match against Andhra in February 2012.
He scored 6 runs and went without a wicket. In his first-class debut for Tamil Nadu, Vijay scored 63 runs and scalped 2 wickets for his team.
He followed this with an unbeaten century in the very next match, thus announcing his arrival.
Rise to Glory
Vijay pumped up his game in 2014-2015 Ranji Trophy, impressing both with the ball and the bat. In the seven matches he played, he scored two centuries and three half centuries.
While averaging 57.7, he also scalped 8 wickets and helped his team clinch the title. Due to his phenomenal performance, Vijay was awarded the Bishnuram Medhi award for the State cricketer of the year by Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.
Following a brilliant domestic season, Vijay was awarded with a seat in the India A squad.
In his first match against Australia A, Vijay scored an unbeaten half century and followed it with an impressive performance in the series against South Africa A.
Troubled with injuries in 2016, Vijay came back with a bang in 2017. Handed with the responsibility of captaincy, Vijay led his team to a triumphant victory in Vijay Hazare and Deodhar trophies.
He received an unexpected call-up from the Indian selectors for the second Test against Sri Lanka as a replacement for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, he was not given a chance to play.
Vijay was bought by Chennai Super Kings for the 2014 IPL edition, where he played one match for the team before it got banned.
In the 2017 edition, he was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he played four matches and scored his maiden half century. In the 2018 season, he has been bought by Delhi Daredevils.
Vijay boasts of some excellent stats in first class cricket, including an average of 49.43 in 32 matches and also has an excellent track record for the India A squad.
With the World Cup just a year away, Vijay would be looking forward to impress the selectors in the current edition of the IPL.