Unperturbed by a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/ipl-2019-team-review-david-warner-and-jonny-bairstow-shine-in-sunrisers-hyderabads-worst-bowling-season-841674" target="_blank" rel="noopener">disappointing IPL 2019 season with Sunrisers Hyderabad</a> and the questions raised over his ability to bat at No 4 for India, the allrounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/vijay-shankar/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Vijay Shankar</a> is geared up for whatever role the team management gives him at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. <p></p> <p></p>With Ambati Rayudu <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/2019-cricket-world-cup-indias-world-cup-squad-the-key-takeaways-rayudu-pant-dropped-karthik-recalled-829844" target="_blank" rel="noopener">dropped from India's ODI squad</a> for the World Cup, Shankar has been identified as one of the frontrunners to bat at No 4 in England despite never having batted at that position. <p></p> <p></p>When India's World Cup was announced in April, the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad termed <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/we-were-not-against-ambati-rayudu-bccis-selection-panel-explains-829906" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Shankar's "three-dimensional" skills</a> as having trumped Rayudu, which <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/indias-world-cup-squad-ambati-rayudus-dig-at-msk-prasad-after-losing-spot-to-vijay-shankar-830420" target="_blank" rel="noopener">did not settle well</a> with the latter. <p></p> <p></p>Having earlier<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/dream-come-true-for-me-vijay-shankar-on-2019-world-cup-selection-829996" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> expressed delight</a> at being picked for the World Cup, Shankar said that as long as the team had faith in his skills he was not bothered by criticism. <p></p> <p></p>"I had a decent run when I batted at No.3 in the T20 series in New Zealand. The most important thing is that the team management has shown trust in me and believes I can do the job," he told IANS. "That gives you extra motivation. The need of the team is my priority and I am always ready to adapt to situations and conditions. <p></p> <p></p>(<strong>READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/lets-not-be-too-negative-about-vijay-shankar-sourav-ganguly-837288" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Let's not be too negative about Vijay Shankar: Sourav Ganguly</a>) <p></p> <p></p>"I am enjoying myself and don't put any pressure on myself. I like to read the situation and play accordingly. I give importance to work ethics and there is no shortcut." <p></p> <p></p>[caption id="attachment_841689" align="alignnone" width="800"]<img class="size-full wp-image-841689" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Vijay-Shankar-IPL-2019.jpg" alt="Vijay Shankar IPL 2019 stats" width="800" height="533" /> The sight of Vijay Shankar failing after getting a start was common for SRH. BCCI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Primed before the start of IPL 2019 as a vital player for Sunrisers after the spark shown during his ODI and T20I appearances for India this year, the Tamil Nadu allrounder did little of note. Shankar was given a regular spot at No 4 but averaged 20.33 from 14 innings, at a strike-rate of 126.42 without a single half-century. With the ball, he bowled only eight overs, managed one wicket and conceded runs at 8.75 per over. <p></p> <p></p>(<strong>READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-will-make-it-to-top-four-but-not-sure-who-will-bat-at-no-4-in-world-cup-kapil-dev-841304" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Not sure who will bat at No. 4 in World Cup: Kapil Dev</a>) <p></p> <p></p>Shankar said he is in a good space and looking to learn from the team's leaders. <p></p> <p></p>"First of all to be a part of the Indian team is something we all dream about when we start playing. I am someone who looks to imbibe things from [Virat] Kohli, Mahi <em>bhai</em> [MS Dhoni] or Rohit [Sharma]. I always believe in watching and learning from them. I have interacted with them to help me improve as a cricketer. They have told me that I am doing my job and the focus should be on keeping things simple," he said. <p></p> <p></p>Shankar, 29, said he has worked on his bowling to add to his value in England. <p></p> <p></p>"I have been working a lot on my bowling and I am someone who believes in keeping the process right," he said. "I feel that if the situation arises when the skipper hands me the ball, I should be confident that I can do the job and only then will that translate into performance. It is all about gaining in confidence with every given opportunity." <p></p> <p></p>India open their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa.