Will try to be more expressive with the ball vs Australia: Vijay Shankar

first_imgWill try to be more expressive with the ball vs Australia: Vijay ShankarSpeaking to indiatoday.in, India all-rounder Vijay Shankar said he is looking forward to making use of chances with the ball in the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Australia at home.advertisement Akshay Ramesh New DelhiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 23:21 IST Vijay Shankar bowled a total of 16 overs, conceding at 4.87 in four ODIs he played in Australia and New Zealand (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVijay Shankar was named in the ODI and T20I squads for the series vs Australia, starting Feb. 24Shankar showcased his prowess with the bat Down Under but got limited opportunities with the ballShankar has put himself in contention for a World Cup berth with some impressive performances in Australia and New ZealandIndia all-rounder Vijay Shankar said he has been restricting himself mentally when it comes to trying out too much with the ball but that he will try and be more expressive if he gets an opportunity to roll h1is arm over in the upcoming limited-over series against Australia, starting February 24.Vijay Shankar was handed an India recall in Hardik Pandya’s absence during India’s tour of Australia earlier this year. Coming back into the team after a forgettable performance in the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh last year, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder grabbed the opportunity with both hands and has put himself in contention for a World Cup berth.Having batted higher-up the order in the T20Is against New Zealand, Shankar showcased he is more than handy with the bat. The 28-year-old grabbed eyeballs when he hit a well-paced 45 in India’s 35-run win over New Zealand in the fifth ODI of a five-match series in Wellington after a second successive top-order failure. In the three T20Is, Shankar smashed 84 runs at an impressive strike rate of 155.55.On the other hand, Shankar got very little opportunity to bowl in the ODI series and wasn’t needed at all in the three-match T20I series. Shankar bowled a total of 16 overs, conceding at 4.87 in four ODIs he played in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year. Despite not picking a wicket, Shankar was impressive with the tight lines he bowled.Stressing he wants to get back to thinking wickets whenever he gets the ball in hand, Shankar insisted he has been working hard on all aspects of his game in order to be ready whenever an opportunity comes his way.advertisement”Last time, when I was playing in the Nidahas Trophy, my mindset was to pick wickets. In the recent times, I was much more restrictive mentally. I was just thinking about putting the balls in the good areas. Maybe, in the Australia series, I will look to express myself a lot more if I get to bowl,” Vijay Shankar told indiatoday.in.”I think a lot about my own game. I will try and observe a lot about others. While doing so, I felt I was restricting myself a little.”I was happy with my pace but I can bowl much quicker than what I bowled there [New Zealand]. As I told you, I was much more restrictive. For instance, I was using the short-ball, which I believe is my strength, very well in the Nidahas Trophy. But recently, I didn’t use the short-ball. I didn’t try any variation. I just thought I should hit the right spots. That was my mindset.”Sucess is best when it’s shared ! #TeamIndia #Champions pic.twitter.com/tHIzkEet9KVijay Shankar (@vijayshankar260) February 4, 2019Shankar, on Friday, was named in both the ODI and the T20I squads led by Virat Kohli for the two T20Is and the five ODIs against Australia. The upcoming series will be key as the all-rounder is being considered as one of the World Cup-bound all-rounders for Team India.Speaking at the press conference after the squad announcement, selection committee chairman MSK Prasad said Shankar, with his performances Down Under, has changed the team dynamics in a beat in the lead up to the biggest cricketing event of the year.It’s honour to represent #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/a433IZVC2ZVijay Shankar (@vijayshankar260) January 18, 2019″Shankar’s performance in the recent series really changed a bit of dynamics and he brings a double impact to the side that’s why have we have included him. We’ll see how he performs in the next few matches,” Prasad said.With India announcing a full-strength squad, it will be interesting to see how the team management finds a balance between giving the reserve players opportunities and allowing the big guns to get game time in what will be their final international assignment before the World Cup.Also Read | Vijay Shankar making a strong case for 2019 World Cup berth: L BalajiAlso Read | Great experience to share dressing room with Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit: Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Both Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya for World Cup? Sunil Gavaskar has this to sayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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SFIO identifies coterie that defrauded ILFS

first_imgNew Delhi: Launching a massive crackdown on perpetrators of the IL&FS scam, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) has charged the erstwhile top management members of the group’s financial services subsidiary IFIN of forming a “coterie” with its auditors and independent directors to defraud the company while running the business as their “personal fiefdom”.Officials also said it is just a tip of the iceberg in this massive fraud case, involving defaults totalling an estimated amount of over Rs 90,000 crore, as the SFIO’s first charge sheet concerns just one entity, IL&FS Financial Services Ltd (IFIN), and the probe is already underway against the parent firm Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) and several other subsidiaries. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistIn addition to prosecution of former executive and independent directors of IFIN, among others, and attachment of their properties, the SFIO is also looking to seek interim attachment of all moveable and immovable assets of the auditors including their lockers, bank accounts and jointly-held properties, officials said. The SFIO is also collecting details about all borrowings by IFIN from banks and through market instruments, as also about the role of banks and their officials and of credit rating agencies. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe first charge-sheet, filed by the government’s white-collar fraud investigation agency, follows inspection of accounts of close to 400 entities, an extensive forensic audit, data collected from desktops and laptops seized from various IL&FS offices as also e-mails extracted from the IL&FS servers, RBI inspection reports, minutes of meetings, among other documents, as also the assessment reports from the government-appointed new board of IL&FS. The huge scam came to light last year after IL&FS and its subsidiaries defaulted on several debt repayments due to a severe liquidity crisis. As of March 2018, it owed over Rs 90,000 crore to banks and other creditors. The government in October last year superseded the board of IL&FS and appointed a new board, with eminent banker Uday Kotak as its executive chairman. In its charge sheet filed before a special court in Mumbai last Friday, the SFIO has accused 30 entities/individuals of various violations and offences, including of financial fraud. Some of the accused persons are already in judicial custody. The former top-management members of IFIN have been charged with committing fraud with intent to injure the interest of the company, its shareholders and creditors, resulting in wrongful loss to the company. They have been accused of forming a “coterie to control day-to-day affairs of the company and of colluding with others” in using illegal methods on multiple occasions in violation of the RBI directions.last_img read more