India bowling coach Bharat Arun on Tuesday was all praise for allrounder Vijay Shankar, who has almost sealed his berth for the ICC World Cup 2019 with standout performances with both bat and ball in the ongoing ODI series against Australia. (WATCH: Australian team meets India legend Bishan Singh Bedi)

“Vijay has gained in confidence. He has batted brilliantly at (different) positions given to him. He bated at number four, six and seven. The confidence he has gained with his bating is rubbing onto his bowling as well. He was bowling at 120-125, now he is touching 130. He is a huge positive for the team,” Arun said at the pre-match conference ahead of the series decider at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi. (VIDEO: With series on the line, will India still experiment?)

Arun also said that it was unfair to compare MS Dhoni with youngster Rishabh Pant. “Unfair to compare Pant and Dhoni. Dhoni is legend, his work behind the stumps is exemplary. When Virat (Kohli) needs someone to talk to, he is a huge influence on the team,” said Arun.