M. Vijay has been a pillar of strength for the Indians at the top of the order in test matches. Vijay has had an outstanding time opening the innings for India since the last couple of years. However, the same cannot be said about his ODI chances, as he has time and again failed to make them count. Nevertheless, as per sources in the selection panel, Vijay is in serious contention to be a part of the ODI squad against Australia.

The more interesting thing is that Vijay is being counted as an option in the middle order. The top order is settled with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli settling in. However, there are two open options. Doubts have been raised over the form of Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina. Vijay is being seen as a dependable option, who can steady the innings in the middle order.

A source in the BCCI was quoted saying, “Having done so well in Tests in the last few seasons, Vijay is now looking to cement his place in the Indian ODI and T20s side. At the moment, the middle-order appears to be the only slot which can accommodate him.”

“The Tamil Nadu skipper Ravichandran Ashwin had a chat with Vijay since we felt the latter has a lot of experience and will strengthen our middle-order. Not only is he a good reader of the situation, Vijay has the range of shots which could give us the much needed big hits in the last few overs of the innings.” He further mentioned, “Vijay has always been a team man to the core. He understood what the team expected of him and was able to adapt to the situation right from the first game against Assam.”

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