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In terms of skills alone, Murali Vijay was fit as India's opener. Laziness and temperamental issues made his footwork rusty and shot-selection bad to leave him out of reckoning, writes WV Raman in Wisden India, but with the match-winning double-century against Rajasthan in the Irani Cup, he has made a positive start to this domestic season. Raman says the knock shouldn't linger for long in Vijay's mind if he wanted to utilise the season to score big.
The big double hundred in the Irani trophy is an ideal way to start a critical season, but there is a lot more work left to be done before he either entertains thoughts of a comeback or puts the selectors under pressure. The key will be in not allowing the big double hundred to linger too long in his system. The reason I say this is because he has already paid a heavy price for letting the success of IPL and its methods stay in his memory longer than required.