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“It (IPL) is an important tournament because it is the time you only play T20 for close to two months,” Shankar told The Hindu. “One good IPL can change a player’s career, and it is a bit frustrating [to miss out on it]. More than the selection, as players we just want to play cricket.”
The 29-year-old was plotting his own comeback in India colours having last played an international match at the ODI World Cup last year. He was in good form for his domestic team Tamil Nadu and had a decent tour of New Zealand with India A.
However, the allrounder feels that there’s scope of improvement as he could have finished more games in New Zealand. “I played well but I wish I could have finished a few more games in New Zealand. On a similar tour before the 2019 World Cup, I did do that — that’s how I got into the national team,” he said.