Murali Vijay sure of getting chance in limited overs cricket
Murali Vijay has sealed one Test opener’s slot over the last couple of years. More often than not, the elegant right-hander has provided the side with solid starts, and the numbers speak for his consistency.
He is one of the prime reasons for India’s good performance with the bat in test cricket but a regular spot in the shorter formats of the game still eludes him.
But that has not hampered his hope to don the coloured jersey once again for his country and is keen on making the most of the opportunities that come his way.
“I am in a very good space mentally and game-wise. I am sure my chance will come. I have always looked to make the most of the chances I have got, and at the moment, doing well for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the ongoing IPL remains my top priority,” Vijay told Times of India.
He also said that participating in the TNCA league for Jolly Rovers gave him the much-needed practice for the IPL.
“We all know the quality of bowling one has to face in the TNCA league, and it was a good practice for me before arriving for the KXIP camp,” Vijay said.
With a score of 42,1 and 53 from the first three games, Murali Vijay is having a decent IPL so far. When asked about his batting performance in this season, the right-hander said,”there will be days when you get going and pile on the runs, and some when you may not score. The trick is to back your basics and give it your best shot. As an opener, my job is to provide the best possible start for the team. In Manan Vohra, I have a partner with whom my understanding has been good and that has resulted in us doing well at the top.”
He also that despite the poor start, KXIP’s batting unit has enough firepower to challenge others teams of the tournament.
“If you look at our batting lineup, we have a good mix of accumulators and aggressors. We bat deep with someone like Axar Patel coming in at No 7. I think it will all boil down to how our batting clicks as a unit in the tournament,” said Vijay.
He also said that he was looking forward to taking useful tips from former Indian opener and KXIP mentor Virendra Sehwag.
.”Viru paaji is one of the greats of the game. It is always nice to interact with him and seek his tips on how to improve your batting. He was a player who simplified batting and I am looking to get his inputs,” concluded Vijay .
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