India captain Virat Kohli went on to hail Vijay Shankar for his all-round performance during the 2nd ODI at Nagpur. Speaking on Chahal TV, Kohli said it was difficult in the middle during the afternoon as it was hot, hence it is commendable the way Vijay Shankar played. He not only played well but also took pressure off me and made my job easier. Kohli also said that while he was at the wicket with Shankar he felt 275 was a possibility. Kohli and Shankar stitched an important 81-run-stand. Also Read - Australia vs India ODI in Sydney: Predicted Playing XIs, Pitch Report, Toss Timing, Squads, Weather Forecast For 1st ODI
During the same interview, Chahal asks Vijay if he is comfortable when it comes to speaking in Hindi. It seems Shankar is uncomfortable as he twitches while Chahal asks him to speak in Hindi. He also candidly admits that it is more difficult to speak in Hindi rather than playing in the middle. Also Read - India vs Australia 1st ODI 2020: Virat Kohli Admits Lack of Clarity Over Rohit Sharma's Injury, Questions ICC's WTC Points System
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Shankar goes on to reveal that he was ready for the last over and he had started mentally preparing himself after the 43rd over. It was all in my mind while I was bowling the last over and it was all about executing it.
Shankar picked up a couple of wickets to bundle Australia and help India take a 2-0 lead after winning the match by eight runs. The victory was also the 500th ODI win for India as they became the second team after Australia to do it.
The Men in Blue will now travel east to Ranchi for the 3rd ODI. It would be Dhoni’s home ground and the support is expected to be immense.