Vijay Shankar Biography – A towering man who honed his skills throughout his teenage, Vijay Shankar established himself as an iconic player for Tamil Nadu and a sophisticated all-rounder for India. Shankar is a perfect flicker of the ball and loves to drive the ball over covers. In a time when the Indian team was flourishing with emerging talent, Shankar stormed into the team at a perfect time.
The 6 ft tall man has been a part of India’s limited-overs squad. Shankar is a Right-Handed middle-order batsman and a medium pace bowler. He has been a key performer for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils at IPL.
Shankar also had a fabulous run for Tamil Nadu in the domestic circuit. He has a commanding and decisive personality.
Vijay Shankar Biography – Cricketing Career & Personal Life
Vijay Shankar was born on 26th January 1991 at Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu state. His father H Shankar was also a club cricketer at his youth age. He inspired Vijay to take up cricket as his professional and he started to pursue his cricket coaching at a very young age. Vijay’s mother M Shankar is a homemaker.
Vijay Shankar got into a cricket academy at the age of 12. Before that, his cricketer father nourished his skills. Vijay was initially an off-spinner but his role was then transformed as a medium-pacer which helped him to earn a place in Tamil Nadu’s team. Vijay constantly scored runs and picked up wickets to be in limelight.
- Age: 30 Years
- Height: 6’1”
- Weight: 72 kg
- Alma Mater: Modern Senior Secondary School, Chennai
- Coach: S Balaji, WV Raman
Vijay Shankar Early Days
Vijay Shankar started to nourish his professional cricket techniques under the valuable guidance of his father. He was later shifted to a cricket academy in Chennai. At the age of 14, Vijay played for Chennai’s junior team and was later selected in the U-19 team. Playing less but impactful matches in his youth, Shankar was picked for Chennai’s senior team.
Vijay Shankar Domestic Career
Vijay Shankar has never been attached to the white jersey and was successful in making his List A debut before his first-class debut. Shankar made his List A debut for Tamil Nadu against Andhra Pradesh at Bangalore in 2012. In the same season, Vijay was also called upon to make his first-class debut for Tamil Nadu against Vidarbha in 2013.
Shankar had a fruitful debut and continued to be a consistent part of Tamil Nadu’s team. The career-changing period for Shankar was the 2014-15 season of the Ranji Trophy where he played unforgettable cricket. Shankar registered consistent performances for Tamil Nadu which helped them to progress in the next round.
2014-15 Ranji Trophy: Knockouts
Vijay Shankar won two consecutive Man of the Match awards for Tamil Nadu at the knockouts stage of Ranji Trophy 2014-15. In the quarterfinal against Vidarbha, Shankar scored 111 runs off 82 balls which helped Tamil Nadu to claim a first-innings lead and advance to the semifinals.
In the semifinals against Maharashtra, Shankar scored 91 runs and registered a figure of 2/47 to win his second consecutive man of the match award as Tamil Nadu sailed in the finals with a first-innings lead. In the finals against Karnataka, Tamil Nadu failed to captivate on the opportunity as they lost by an innings. However, Shankar registered a fine centurion score of 105 in the second innings.
Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17
Vijay Shankar was a consistent part of Tamil Nadu’s senior team for the Ranji and Vijay Hazare trophies. His consistent performance led to his appointment as the Captain of Tamil Nadu’s team for the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17. Shankar led the Tamil Nadu side for a triumph after very long as he smashed massive knocks and claimed crucial wickets.
Shankar’s impressive performance at Vijay Hazare Trophy also led to his appointment as the captain for the Deodhar Trophy. Shankar’s fortune continued to flourish as his side won the prestigious trophy. In 2018, Shankar was named in India’s C squad for the Deodhar Trophy where he emerged as the highest wicket-taker with seven wickets in three matches.
Shankar’s action-packed performance made him one of the eight players to watch out ahead of the 2018-19 season of the Ranji Trophy. He was subsequently selected in India’s B team for Deodhar Trophy in 2019.
Vijay Shankar International Career
Vijay Shankar was named in India’s squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka as a replacement for injured Bhuvaneshwar Kumar but he failed to feature in the XI and hasn’t made his test debut since then. Shankar was then picked up in India’s T-20 team for the Nidashas Trophy in 2018.
Nidahas Trophy 2018
Vijay Shankar had a fabulous debut series for India. He made his debut against Sri Lanka but did not come in to bat. He picked up his wicket against Bangladesh as he picked up two wickets to win his first Man of the Match award. India went on to win the Nidahas Trophy as Shankar set up a crucial last wicket partnership alongside Dinesh Karthik.
Australia and New Zealand Tour
After Hardik Pandya’s controversial remark at a TV show, he was dropped from the Indian team for the remaining two matches of the ODI series and the whole of the New Zealand series. He subsequently made his debut against Australia at the fourth ODI in Melbourne. He had a good time in Australia and New Zealand that eventually led to his selection in the ICC World Cup in 2019.
ICC World Cup 2019
In a surprise move by the BCCI, Vijay Shankar was picked in India’s squad for the 2019 World Cup in England. ICC named him as one of the five most surprising picks of the World Cup. Shankar took a wicket on his very first ball of the world cup and remains one of the very few bowlers to achieve the feat. He continued with his brisk performance until getting ruled out due to an injury and was replaced by Mayank Agarwal.
Vijay Shankar IPL Career
Vijay Shankar has been a low-profile player at the IPL. He was picked by the Chennai Super Kings franchise in 2013 but played only a lone match in three seasons. He was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise ahead of the 2016 IPL season. He played only four matches in two seasons and recorded his highest score of 62 against the Gujarat Lions in 2017.
Shankar was picked by the Delhi Daredevils franchise in 2018 but his inconsistency led to his trade back with Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2019. He was ICC’s must-watch player ahead of IPL 2019.
Vijay Shankar Wife
Vijay Shankar married Vaishali Visweswaran at a private ceremony in Chennai on 27th January 2021. As he was busy in his professional life, his parents found the perfect match for Vijay, and the two got engaged in August 2020. Vaishali is a part-time teacher based in Chennai and the two share a beautiful bond.
Vijay Shankar Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Vijay Shankar is Rs. 15 crores. The cricketer has earned the majority part of his income through his short-lived career for India and Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise who pays him Rs. 3.2 Crore salary. Shankar also takes part in various brand endorsements that also make his income grow steeply.
Shankar owns a luxurious house in his hometown near Chennai. He owns premium wheels including BMW X5 and Audi A6.
Vijay Shankar-Ambati Rayudu Controversy
Despite Ambati Rayudu’s clinical performance in IPL 2019, Vijay Shankar was picked over him for the 2019 World Cup. This news stunned the fans which heaped a controversy between the two players. Annoyed by the move, Rayudu announced his retirement from international cricket whereas the Chief selector MSK Prasad issued a clarification stating that Shankar was a 3 Dimensional player and that is why he was picked over Rayudu.
Vijay Shankar Records
- Youngest captain of Tamil Nadu’s ODI team who led his side to victory at the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
- One of the few bowlers to claim a wicket on the very first ball of their world cup debut.
- Highest wicket-taker at Deodhar Trophy in 2018-19.
Vijay Shankar Awards & Achievements
- Bishnuram Medhi award by Tamil Nadu State Cricket Association.
- (Best player of the year 2018)
Vijay Shankar Facts
- Vijay’s father and brother played a crucial role in developing and nourishing his cricketing skills.
- Vijay paced off his career as a fast bowler but returned to spinning ways to storm into Tamil Nadu’s team.
- Shankar took almost a year to make his debut in the Indian side despite being in the squad.
- Vijay loves to spend time and hang out with friends.
- He also loves to watch football and Manchester United is his favorite club and Cristiano Ronaldo is his favorite player.