Murali Vijay eyes ODI resurgence
India's most improved player in Tests, Murali Vijay, is hopeful of sorting out his career in One-Day Internationals, after he was named in the squad for the tour of Zimbabwe, which kicks-off on 10th July.
Expressing happiness over his ODI selection, Vijay is optimistic of converting his impeccable Test match form into the shorter format of the game.
"It is a happy feeling to make a comeback to ODIs,” said Vijay to Espncricinfo.
“I have been batting well in Tests, so I just have to grab the opportunity that has come my way.”
Having represented India in 14 ODIs thus far, Vijay stated that he wasn’t surprised by his inclusion for the Zimbabwe series.
Vijay, who made his previous ODI appearance in the West Indies two years ago, had been close to making it into the XI on many occasions thereafter.
However, the tremendous success of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, as an opening pair meant that Vijay had to bide his time for an opportunity.
As Dhawan and Rohit, were among the main Indian players rested for the Zimbabwe tour, Vijay’s name was a foregone conclusion in the 15-member squad, which will be led by Ajinkya Rahane.
"As a player, I was expecting the call-up.
“I was the third opener for four series, including the 2013 Champions Trophy, but could not get a game.”
Despite, not having featured in the ODI squad during the last two years, Vijay insists that he never lost hope.
The 31-year-old also added that he was targeting to make drastic changes to his batting in ODIs to ensure an improvement in his career.
“I have always believed in myself.
“It is not about competing with anybody.
“I always compete with myself and I look to improve as far as I can.”
After having an inconsistent start to his Test career, Vijay has made amends over the past two years showing immense temperament and solidity at the top of the order.
The stylish batsman cited discipline as the biggest reason behind his immense success in the longer format of the game.
Stressing on the need to adjust to the various formats of the game, Vijay hopes that he can make the transition smoothly during the Zimbabwe series.
"(It is) the mental discipline.
“The game is not going to change that much.
“It is just the way I apply myself in different formats and according to the situation, I have to up the ante.
"With the new playing conditions from this series, I will have to adapt according to the ground situation, the opposition game plan, and accordingly cash in."
Despite having represented India in 14 matches, Vijay has only aggregated 253 runs at a disappointing average of 19.46 without a single fifty thus far.
While admitting his inability to perform in his brief ODI career till date, Vijay also opined that he hadn’t got a long rope to perform.
"I am not a guy who will give excuses, but you have got to consider the number of matches I have played on the trot.
“That matters a lot as a batsman. It is not an excuse.
“I never got a string of ODIs or series.
“I had to adapt to that in the past.”
India’s tour of Zimbabwe comprises of three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals to be played in Harare.
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