Indian opener, Murali Vijay, who stroked a fluent 95 in the second innings of the Lord’s Test has said he will not feel downhearted on missing out on a century at Lord’s if his team goes onto win the second Test against England today. Murali’s patient knock of 95 runs had helped India to score 342 runs in their second innings. England collapsed to 105/4 at stumps on day four, when they were chasing 319 runs for registering the match. India believed that the lower order could expand the lead to that extent, according to the Murali. He also said that Ravindra Jadeja also spinned the ball well and he came up with his belligerent intent which helped a lot. The fast bowlers could help too because it was doing a lot for spinners because of footmarks on the pitch. It will be a fifth day pitch and it will have wear and tear, said Vijay. Not only Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar ‘The Rising Batsman’ also came up very handy with his bat, which put India in a very good position. Murali added. He put his faith on Jadeja saying that he will have a eminent role to play as a bowler on the final day of the Test. Vijay complimented Jadeja’s performance which helped India to gain momentum. Vijay also thanked this ground which played a major role behind this impactful innings of him. He faced 247 balls and struck 11 fours, building a 79 runs partnership with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and helped India get into a position of advantage.
England was bowling him outside the off stump channel and the wicket was doing a bit. So he thought that he will tire them out. After that he waited for good ball and focused hard to hit the ball. He was playing the anchor role but he got out and he exploited on his purpose.
Vijay said that India have four wickets and they have more than 100 runs. India could get an early wicket if Jadeja spin the ball well. According to Vijay this game is unforeseeable and whoever plays well win the match.
Vijay replied that as far as he knew it stemmed from the Indian all-rounder’s Rajput roots when he was asked about the incongruous celebration when he reached his half century milestone.