Vijay for namesake club despite Jolly Rovers bid

Tamil Nadu batsman Vijay Shankar will continue his association with the India Cements-owned Vijay CC in TNCA league.

Published: 08th June 2016 04:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th June 2016 04:25 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu batsman Vijay Shankar will continue his association with the India Cements-owned Vijay CC in the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) league.

The right-hander was offered a contract by rival club Jolly Rovers — owned by Chemplast — but following a fruitful discussion with India Cements officials, Vijay has decided to stay put with the club of which he has been a part of for the past six years.  When the news of India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin switching to Jolly Rovers came up, it emerged that Vijay too will follow suit.

One of the reasons as to why the batsman was pondering a move was the lack of opportunities for batting higher up the order in Vijay CC, which already has the likes of Abhinav Mukund, Dinesh Karthik, Baba Aparajith, Baba Indjrajith and R Prassana.

However, it is understood that Vijay’s meeting with IC officials — Kasi Viswanathan and RI Pazhani — changed his mind.

“One of the reasons I wanted to move was because I thought there would be more opportunities to bat higher up the order, which I didn’t get that much at Vijay CC. But I had a free and open discussion with India Cements officials, and they assured that I will get more chances. That played a big role in changing my mind.

“I’ve been with them for six years now. I’ve been very comfortable being around with them, and have learnt so much here. When I look back, it would be a good decision,” Vijay told Express.

The 25-year-old was recently part of the victorious Sunrisers Hyderabad squad in the IPL.

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