Indian cricket December 11, 2014

Vijay's turnaround

Since the home series against Australia last year, M Vijay has been a changed batsman, prepared to bat for long periods and lock away the flashy shots. The India opener tells about his preparedness to 'bat out of character' and the work he has put in to be able to do so.

My main focus was on getting out of the habit of those scores of 30s and 40s because they really haunted me. I had a chat with my coach, Jaykumar, during which we came out with three points: shot selection, shot selection and shot selection. Nothing was wrong technically with my batting, it was only the shot selection that went wrong. Then it came down to fitness - whether I was throwing it away because I got tired? We worked on small aspects like that and it is paying dividends now.