In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that has brought the world to a standstill and the cash-rich Indian Premier League stands on the verge of possible cancellation, India allrounder Vijay Shankar said that like many others he does not know if the IPL tournament will happen or not.

No message, nothing. But things don t look promising at this point and it would be too early to comment upon anything. Let s keep our fingers crossed and wait, he said

The SunRisers Hyderabad cricketer also spoke of his Team India hopes. Despite Shivam Dube there and Hardik Pandya in the queue, Shankar believes he can still make it back to the team.

I generally don t think about such things because even on that New Zealand A tour, I was picked in the last moment (as a replacement to Hardik Pandya). I was preparing for the Ranji Trophy game for Tamil Nadu but I got a call at the eleventh hour to join the A team for NZ tour. I am someone who generally doesn t think much about such things Vijay said.

It has to happen when it will happen, I just need to put in the right effort. I need to keep working hard on all aspects of my game. I cannot sit and crib and get disappointed on all such things. This is just a part of our lives. We need to keep pushing ourselves, we need to keep performing whenever we go on the ground. This is mandatory and I feel, I should just focus a lot on that rather than thinking about why I am not selected , he added.

With the World T20 later this year in Australia, the IPL will be a great platform for Shankar to make a strong case for himself in front of the selectors with some good performances.