Dream come true for me: Vijay Shankar on 2019 World Cup selection
Vijay Shankar was named as the second allrounder and a possible No.4 batter in India's World Cup squad PHOTO AFP

Tamil Nadu’s Vijay Shankar, who made it to India’s World Cup Squad, said it is a dream come to be selected for the quadrennial event, starting May 30th in England, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shankar’s teammate at Sunrisers Hyderabad, is confident that the English conditions will suit his strengths.  

“I am extremely elated. This is like a dream come true. We have a few World cup winning team members here at SRH and I have spoken to them to understand what it feels like to play in a WC and then go on to win it,” said Vijay Shankar.

“I have learnt a lot from them on the ways to manage pressure at such a large event,” he added.

Apart from Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, returning from injury is the first choice allrounder,while KL Rahul has been included as the back-up opener.

An elated Bhuvneshwar Kumar, currently leading the Hyderabad pace attack, said, “I am extremely happy. The English conditions will suit my strength and I am looking to make most of it. Playing for SRH in IPL has given me the right match practice just before the mega tournament like World Cup. This is my second WC and I am pretty confident to perform at such level.”

Soon after the naming of the Indian squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, starting on May 30 in England and Wales, former batting great VVS Laxman said the Virat Kohli-led side was one of the favourites for the showpiece event.

“The Indian team is very balanced and one of the strong contenders for the title. I have monitored Bhuvi and Vijay in the nets while they were on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) duties,” Laxman said.

“They look in great shape and are raring to perform on a stage like World Cup. I can see these players contributing to team’s success in a major way,” he added.