Indian Test opener and most successful Indian batsman in overseas conditions in recent times, Murali Vijay met the media and talked about the new coach, West Indies tour, and ex-team director Ravi Shastri.
Anil Kumble has been appointed as India coach and started preparation with the Indian team. At National Cricket Academy, in Bangalore Murali Vijay said, “It has been a couple of good days for us. We have to Bangalore with a purpose – preparing for the West Indies tour. Anil Bhai gave us the freedom to work, for a couple of days, on whatever we got because of the rain. We have been having some quality sessions out there.”
Talking about the West Indies tour preparation Vijay said, “I have been to West Indies three times before so I have a fair bit of idea about how it’s going to be there. But we don’t know what’s going to be given to us on that particular Test match so we going to be prepared overall as a unit because this is the start of our season. I’m looking forward to sticking to my basics and be as consistent I can this season. Hopefully, If I can do that, I’ll be happy at the end of it.”
Vijay was part of the Indian team when Shastri was at the helm as team director. Talking about India’s new coach and former team director the opening batsman said, “See it’s just been a couple of days for us. We had a great time with Ravi Bhai and Anil Bhai has picked up and hopefully we can have a good time with him and learn a lot of things from because he has been an unbelievable cricketer for the Indian team. We are looking forward to sharing some quality time with him.”
Talking about his own fitness Vijay said, “Fitness will play a major part and we are part of it. We have our fitness regime and we are following it, and hopefully we can stay fit throughout the season.”
Meanwhile, when asked about his approach to the West Indies tour Vijay said the Caribbean tour is about fun and cricket. Entertainment and cricket both will be there.
“West Indies is a great place to play cricket because it’s more of fun, and there is a lot of competition inside. So you can not ask for more as a sportsperson. Entertainment overall. We are really looking forward to this series to have a great one and come back to India. It’s a confidence booster for us to go there and execute our plans. The lot at stake for us,” Vijay said.
Vijay also said he was a great fan of Kumble and would like to learn from him. “I have been a great fan of him, and as a youngster who doesn’t. It’s a great opportunity for us to talk to him about cricket and learn about his thought process about the game.”
As he was asked about Kohli and Kumble’s relationship, Vijay said it is too early to talk about. “I can’t see anything ahead of me and talk. A couple of day’s time it has been so it’s very early to give a comment over that. It’s going to be a great 12 months for us, that much I can guarantee you as a team,” `Vijay signed off.