Sunrisers Hyderabad wagon Vijay Shankar looked good on the ball against defensive champion Mumbai Indians on Saturday. Shankar, who was heavily criticized for his brilliant performance in the first two IPL 2021 matches, found his modjo on the surface of Chepauk while pulling wickets from Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav.
Entering the attack in the seventh, Shankar fired Rohit with a full supply of cross stitches. The Mumbai Indian captain tried to push him across the line, but the ball went straight into Virat Singh’s throat in the deep middle wicket.
Scalp was Shankar’s first wicket this season after bowling just one in his first two games for Hyderabad-based equipment.
Shankar also struck in his next match, dismissing Suryakumar Yadav in form. After being hit to the maximum in the previous delivery, Shankar got his revenge perfectly by hitting the right length and took a brilliant catch and a bowling catch.
The 30-year-old also registered his best bowling figures in the history of IPL. His previous best was 1/11. Shankar grabbed two leashes, and debutant Mujib Ur Rahman also got a pair under his belt as Mumbai reached 114/4 by the end of the 17th.
“Except for last season, I haven’t bowled much in the IPL. There have been one or two transfers here and there, which is also a challenge for me. Whenever I come to the cup, I have to be at my best.
“It’s a challenge that I have to take. Whenever I get the chance, I have to do my best. Against a team like the Mumbai Indians, who have done well in the past, going out well will be a great thing for us, this result will definitely give us great confidence, “Shankar had said at the beginning of the match.