After middle order batsman Vijay Shankar scored a crucial fifty to lead Gujarat Titans to a convincing 7-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Saturday, captain Hardik Pandya was all praise for the player.
Gujarat were in trouble after Shubman Gill's 49-run performance and Pandya's 26-run inning when the star combination left in rapid succession as GT was chasing 180 against KKR.
David Miller and Shankar formed a game-winning combination for the reigning IPL champions when they walked out to bat, with Pandya anticipating great things from Shankar following his 24-ball 51.
“He's more physically fit, more self-assured, and he's worked very hard. I always have the belief that good people go to excellent places, therefore I'm really thrilled, said Pandya at the post-match presentation ceremony. Moving ahead, you'll see a lot more Vijay Shankar.
On a day when Rashid Khan gave up more than 50 runs in his session, Noor Ahmad and Joshua Little stood out among the bowlers with two wickets apiece. Hardik was gushing over the two young bowlers.