Murali Vijay wants to focus on the positives

Sudipta Biswas / 31 August 2016

The India Test opener Murali Vijay suffered a thumb injury in the first Test . He returned for the final Test, but the rain stopped the play. However, Vijay doesn’t want to look back. Instead, the gritty batsman wants to focus on the positives.

India will play as many as 13 home Test matches over the next couple of years, Vijay said he was willing to improve his standards. “It was quite unfortunate that I got a knock on my thumb in the first Test and didn’t get a chance in the next two games. But that is in the past now. I have set a standard in opening the innings and I have to keep on pulling that standard up. I know that there is a long stretch of home Test series and I am definitely putting in something extra,” he said.

I will be looking at the opponent bowlers and plan accordingly. My approach towards the game remains the same. I have been never complacent and have always strived to better my performance,” Vijay added.

With KL Rahul emerging as a strong contender for the opener’s spot, the positions of Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay seem to have become vulnerable. Vijay, though, said he had no qualms if someone else performs in his spot. “I know there are Rahul and Dhawan. But I don’t see this as a competition. We are all on the same page when it comes to playing for India. If I get an opportunity, I will give my best and I am sure it is the same with both Rahul and Dhawan,” said the 32-year-old.

With the side seeing constant changes under Kohli. Vijay said he was flexible with his position. “I have always aspired to be an opener and I would like to play in that spot. But if the team asks me to bat in another position, I will be ready.”

Vijay, who is presently busy with Lyca Kovai Kings’ commitments in Tamil Nadu Premier League, will also feature in the India Green side for the Duleep Trophy, held in a pink ball for the first time. He said he is looking forward to playing in the format.

“It’s a great initiative and it is aimed to bring in excitement to Test cricket. I am thrilled at the prospect of playing in pink ball cricket,” said Vijay.

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