Vijay Shankar has showed that he is a capable batsman, having scored 45 off 64 deliveries in a match-winning 98-run stand with Ambati Rayudu after the top-order collapse in the final ODI in New Zealand. @Twitter

Vijay Shankar bowled full steam at the India nets alongside Umesh Yadav, indicating the all-rounder will have a lot to do in the T20 and ODI series against Australia, starting in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. (ALSO READ: It would have been logical if there were couple of more ODIs ahead of the ICC World Cup: Virat Kohli)

The 28-year-old all-rounder figures prominently in India’s 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup plans. (ALSO READ: Rahul Dravid told me I have shots and temperament to be a finisher: Vijay Shankar)

Shankar has showed that he is a capable batsman, having scored 45 off 64 deliveries in a match-winning 98-run stand with Ambati Rayudu after the top-order collapse in the final ODI in New Zealand. (India vs Australia Series Preview, VIDEO: Virat Kohli and Co. cannot let ICC World Cup defending champions gain momentum)

In the three-match T20I series, Shankar amassed 84 runs with an impressive strike rate of 155.55 but did not get to bowl, something the Indian think tank might asses in the course of the Australia series.

With Jasprit Bumrah back to take charge of the pace department along with Umesh, Shankar will look to play the role of the third seamer in absence of Hardik Pandya who’s out with a back injury. (ALSO READ: Finch targets India series after BBL triumph)

Head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun also gave special attention to India’s latest wrist spinner Mayank Markande, who has earned his maiden call-up in the national squad.