India offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin reckons his Tamil Nadu statemate Vijay Shankar has so far failed to find out a way to keep injuries at bay but feels he can sort out the issue. Ashwin himself has struggled with injuries in the past but with time, has managed to keep himself fit for a longer duration.
“Vijay is a fine player who has played the World Cup and has a lot of experience. He has had a lot of injuries and there is no better person to understand it (injuries) better than me. Sometimes people are not sensitive to injury,” Ashwin told The New Indian Express.
“Vijay Shankar has definitely struggled, but he will find a solution and can get his injuries sorted," he added.
The 34-year-old admits that with age, it indeed becomes difficult to stay away from injuries. He feels that Tamil
“It doesn’t become easy to mange injuries as you grow old. Vijay is about 30-31 years old and to manage injuries when you get older is harder," he said.
Ashwin has been keeping a close tab on Tamil Nadu cricket team and feels that they need to strike a balance between senior and young players by assigning appropriate roles to them.
“So I think we must give right roles and we must balance it with youngsters coming in and seniors. We should look for a way forward, utilise Vijay Shankar’s experience and also blend it with the youngsters. It will be good for TN cricket if we strike a good balance and give more opportunities for youngsters," Ashwin said.
“B Indrajith, B Aparajith and Vijay Shankar have been the backbone of Tamil Nadu cricket for a while (5 -8 years), but there are a lot of promising youngsters also coming through. It’s a matter of managing roles and giving seniors the right role," he added.