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My aim is to keep improving - Murali Vijay

My aim is to keep improving - Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay has scored 1961 runs from 13 Test matches for India since 2013 at an average of 49.02.
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Indian opening batsman Murali Vijay said ahead of the third Test against South Africa in Nagpur that his goal is to keep improving as a batsman.

Vijay has become one of India’s most dependable batsman at the top of the order after scoring 1,961 runs from 13 Test matches since 2013 at an average of 49.02.

During this period, Vijay has scored five centuries and 10 half-centuries, providing India with much-needed stability at the top of the order.

Eager to play his best to put India in a good position, Vijay is happy with the progress he has made so far in his career.

"My aim is to keep improving every session and add value to the team," he said.

“I have been travelling around for the last two years and learnt how to organise oneself in the middle.

“A lot of learning happened and it is good for the team and the individual.

“I do not want to give any chance away.

“I am trying to play my best and put India in a good position.

“And, so far, so good. I am in a good state of mind and that is more important for me at the moment.” 

The 31-year-old also revealed that the current goal of the batting line-up is to work together as a group and put the team in a winning position.

“All of us in the top five, I have a good rapport with everyone because we have played the domestics together.

“It has been good but as I told you before it is just knock away for Shikhar (Dhawan) to get the big one and for everybody it is the same.

“We are working as a pack so obviously our goal is to the win the game and put the team in a better position we go in to bat.

“That is our criteria at the moment.” 

Vijay made his Test debut in 2008 in the fourth game against Australia in Nagpur, the same venue where India will be facing South Africa for the third match of the ongoing series.

Opening with Virender Sehwag, Vijay shared a 116-run opening stand in the second innings with India going on to win the Test match by 172 runs to seal a 2-0 series victory.

Admitting that the Nagpur ground held a special place in his memories, Vijay is hoping for a good contest in the third Test.

“This ground means a lot to me because I made my debut here.

“It is a special feeling to come to this dressing room.

“It is always nice to come here.

“I am looking forward to a good game.”

Holding a 1-0 lead, India will take on South Africa in Nagpur in the third Test held between 25th and 29th November with a chance to seal a series victory.  

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