<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/India" target="_blank">Indian</a> cricket fraternity came across a surprise when BCCI named uncapped <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Vijay-Shankar" target="_blank">Vijay Shankar</a> as replacement for Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the remaining two Tests against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Sri-Lanka" target="_blank">Sri Lanka</a>, after Bhuvi opted out due to personal reasons. Shankar, a Tamil Nadu all-rounder, was all excited about his maiden call-up to the national side. Shankar added that it was long-time dream to play for India. He is now looking forward to be the part of the Indian dressing room, led by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Virat-Kohli" target="_blank">Virat Kohli</a>. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/sri-lanka-in-india-2017-200807/live-scores/india-vs-sri-lanka-2nd-test-match-184840-summary.html" target="_blank"><b>FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 2nd Test at Nagpur</b></a> <p></p> <p></p><strong>On his maiden India call up</strong> <p></p> <p></p>"I am really excited. It has been a long-time dream of mine to be part of the Indian team. Now it has come true. My hard work has paid off. I was not expecting it but it feels great. I am looking forward to being part of the Indian dressing room for the first time. Being part of the India A team has helped me grow as an all-rounder. I have matured as a player and learnt to perform under different situations," said Shankar, as reported by <em>PTI</em>. <a title="IND vs SL: Bhuvneshwar, Dhawan released from Test squad" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-sri-lanka-2017-18-bhuvneshwar-kumar-shikhar-dhawan-released-from-test-squad-661545"><b>IND vs SL: Bhuvneshwar, Dhawan released from Test squad</b></a> <p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p></p><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Thank you everyone for your support &amp; wishes Super excited to be a part of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamIndia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TeamIndia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BCCI?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BCCI</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DreamsDoComeTrue?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DreamsDoComeTrue</a> <a href="https://t.co/GHHb95lGoi">pic.twitter.com/GHHb95lGoi</a></p> <p></p> Vijay Shankar (@vijayshankar260) <a href="https://twitter.com/vijayshankar260/status/932893084819456000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 21, 2017</a></blockquote> <p></p><strong>On his current good form in Ranji Trophy</strong> <p></p> <p></p>"I am happy with my batting form. I have been bowling well too and have bowled long spells. Getting four wickets against Mumbai has given me confidence. I was frustrated to miss matches, but worked hard on my fitness. [I] did rehab at the NCA with the physios and trainers there. It has made me stronger." <p></p> <p></p><strong>On his IPL stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)</strong> <p></p> <p></p>"Working with Balaji has helped me improve my bowling and increase my speed." <p></p> <p></p>Shankar's mentor Ajay added: "We are excited to see him representing the country. Making a debut is a big and a very special time for us. He worked a lot for this. Vijay put in a lot of hard work and his efforts made him return stronger and earn a spot in the A team."