‘We Are Growing as a Team,’ Says Delhi Daredevils’ Vijay Shankar

Vijay Shankar speaks to the media after Delhi Daredevils lost to Chennai Super Kings in Pune on Monday.

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Shane Watson and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit belligerent half-centuries as Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by 13 runs in the Indian Premier League on Monday.

Watson survived a close LBW television referral off Trent Boult's first ball to smash 78 off 40 balls, and Dhoni hit his third unbeaten half-century in the tournament, 51 off 22 balls, in Chennai's challenging total of 211-4.

Delhi was restricted to 198-5, always lagging behind the asking rate despite late half-centuries from Rishabh Pant (79) and Vijay Shankar (54 not out).

Chennai topped the table with six victories from eight matches. Delhi was at the bottom after losing its sixth match.

Vijay Shankar said that batting lower down the order is a challenge for him.

I think it’s a big challenge for me to bat at number 6 or 7. I don’t think I’ll get the opportunity to bat for a long in every innings. Even if I can score 15 or 20 runs and win the match for my team, I’ll be satisfied.
Vijay Shankar

Shankar added that the Delhi Daredevils are playing well, but small things are changing the result of the match.

We as a team are doing really well, it’s just that small things are changing the entire result of the match. We are growing as a team. We are definitely building a very good team.
Vijay Shankar

Shankar, who struggled to connect the ball during the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh in March, said that he has put that match behind him.

It was disappointing for me after the Nidahas Trophy final and as cricketers it’s important for us to move forward. I focused on preparing in the right way so that I’m ready whenever I have the opportunity.
Vijay Shankar

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(With inputs from AP)

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