Virat Kohli Is A Great Example For Players To Raise Batting Standards, Feels Murali Vijay
India opener Murali Vijay has opened up about his recently appointed skipper Virat Kohli. Having played under the guidance of former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for both India and in IPL for Chennai Super Kings, Vijay said he has enjoyed his space under Virat’s stint so far.
The 32-year-old opener from Tamil Nadu has been one of India’s most sort after batsman from past two years in Tests, precisely in foreign conditions. His valiant knocks in Brisbane (144), Trent Bridge (147), Durban (97) and the Lord’s (97) endorsed all but strong mental strength and high class skills from the player on a bigger stage.
Speaking to media after Tamil Nadu’s last South Zone match, Vijay praised Virat Kohli as a skipper, saying he’s been a brilliant customer on the field. He said the Delhi born has a plan for every situation, which has seen him succeeding across three formats as of now. Looking at the big numbers he (Virat) has attained in international cricket so far, Vijay claimed Virat helps players to raise their bar, helping the team’s cause in the end.
“Kohli’s consistency has been brilliant. He has a game plan for every situation. He is setting a great example for all of us to raise our bar. He is one batsman who has done it across all three formats.”
Given the way he approaches his game, Murali Vijay has often been considered a better Test batsman than a limited-overs one. Having played his last ODI match in July 2015, Vijay hasn’t ruled out his comeback, saying he’ll keep on performing well and keep himself fit.
“Definitely, I’m pushing myself to play all three formats for India. The selection is not in my hands, but I’m working hard on my fitness and skill level. I am already doing well in Test cricket and want to be as consistent as possible.”
During the fifth and final Test at Chennai, Vijay injured his finger in the second innings and was later sidelined from playing cricket for a while. The batsman, however, went through rehab and has been training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.
He said it took him time to recover completely and since he feels 100% fit, he is rearing to take on the Bangladeshi bowlers, when the one-off Test between both sides happens in Hyderabad from February 9.
“I have been training at the National Cricket Academy and as well as in Chennai. The rehab process has been really good. I had a couple of injuries. One was a fracture on my little finger and the other was the shoulder. I have played three games for TN (in the T20s) since the injury. I couldn’t perform, but the way I’m approaching the games, I’m getting the rhythm back. I feel 100% fit now.”