Last Update on: April 10th, 2023 at 11:45 am
Former Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) head coach Tom Moody said that he is pleased with Vijay Shankar’s stunning knock at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, April 9. Gujarat Titans (GT) suffered their first defeat of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 after they lost by three wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Vijay Shankar played a blinder knock of 63 runs off 24 balls with the help of four boundaries and five sixes. The right-handed batter smashed the first fifty of the ongoing edition of the IPL, reaching the milestone in just 19 balls. Shankar demonstrated his brilliant six-hitting skills in the death overs to help the team reach a mammoth total of 204 runs.
Did Not Expect This Type Of Innings From Him – Tom Moody
During a chat on ESPNcricinfo, Tom Moody praised Vijay Shankar’s innings and said that the all-rounder proved the critics wrong with his performance. Moody stated that Vijay Shankar is repaying the Gujarat Titans with his batting after the team showed faith in him by retaining him after a disappointing outing last season.
“Absolutely thrilled for Vijay Shankar, and I did not expect this type of innings from him. He struggled for couple of years to find that kind of form. He lost his confidence and got lost. I am pleased with Gujarat Titans who showed faith in him last year and now he is repaying them. I am so pleased that I have been proving wrong,” Tom Moody said.
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I Am Glad That We Have Been Proving Run – Tom Moody
Vijay Shankar was promoted in the batting order ahead of South Africa batter David Miller, which surprised fans and experts, including Tom Moody. The former Australian all-rounder believes Shankar played one of the best innings of the tournament.
“We were wondering why David Miller is not coming on, and I am glad that we have been proving run. Vijay Shankar has possibly played the innings of the tournament,” Moody further added.
The Tamil Nadu-born cricketer will next be seen in action when the Hardik Pandya-led team takes on the Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Thursday, April 13.