‘Best of me is yet to come’: Murali Vijay
India will need someone who can face the Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. Among the Indian top order batsmen in the India versus South Africa series, Murali Vijay is the most technically equipped.
The Indian opening batsman, who has been the most consistent batsman in recent years said “best of me is yet to come”. Vijay also knows that his presence in the team will help India to feel a little more confident when India will take on South Africa, who are yet to lose a series on foreign since 2006. Vijay suffered a hamstring injury during the ODI and T20I series in Zimbabwe. As a result, he missed the first Test and last Tests on India’s series victory on the Sri Lankan soil after 22 years. Vijay played the second Test at P.Sara Oval, where he scored 82 en route to his 140 run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane that helped India to level the series 1-1.
Vijay said, “I had a chat with the Physio before the second Test and we decided I could play since I had done my rehabilitation well during the break after the Zimbabwe tour. And I never had any doubts about my batting. In the second or third over of the innings, I tweaked the hamstring again and when I pushed for a single, I realised something was wrong.”
He wants to attain full fitness before the series against Proteas.
“I am getting better. I should be fully fit before the series begins,” Vijay was quoted as saying by bcci.tv.
Vijay is among the probables who will be heading for the preparatory camp for the South Africa series that starts in Banglore from September 21. For him, the innings of 39 he scored in the Johannesburg Test in 2013 went a long way in turning around. Recalling India tour of South Africa in 2013, Vijay said, “it were the 39 runs in the Johannesburg Test that turned things around for me”.
“I could feel that I was batting well. That’s what gave me confidence going into the Durban Test. I was under the pump and really wanted to come good. The ball was reversing in Durban and it did help as I play a lot of reverse swing back home at the domestic level,” he said, recalling his 97 run knock. “It has been a great journey for me- the last one-and-a half year. But the best of me is yet to come.”