England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day July 20, 2014

Anderson spat helping Jadeja - Vijay

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M Vijay might have missed out on a Lord's century by one shot, but he was not shy of playing one at the press conference.

Asked if Ravindra Jadeja had been spurred on to do something special by the spat between with James Anderson at Trent Bridge, Vijay said: "I think so. The intent was special. So obviously it is helping us."

Jadeja came in to bat with the game in precarious balance. England had taken two quick wickets, India were leading by 179 with just four wickets in hand, and could have lost the match in the next half hour. His counterattacking 68 off 57 later, India had set England a target in excess of 300. Vijay was the batsman who greeted Jadeja to the wicket, and he said he could something special.

"When he came in I could feel the energy, that he would do something special," Vijay said. "The intent was there and from ball one he was positive. At that time we needed somebody like that. I was playing the anchor role, and he was trying to get the runs. I just told him, 'let's build a 25-run partnership and take it from there.'"

Vijay might have got out at a crucial juncture, but he handed the baton over to India's second-best batsman on the tour, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. With Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar added 99 off 100 balls taking the game away from England, who did not know what to do to stop them. Vijay was full of praise for the pair.

"We all believed that because the lower order has been clicking for us," Vijay said. "Jadeja played really well, carrying through his aggressive intent. That really helped us. And obviously Bhuvneshwar was hitting the ball. They both put us in a very good position."

It might be a good position, India are six wickets from only their second win at Lord's but Vijay, who said it would be tricky batting on the final day, is not counting the chickens yet.

"To be honest we are taking it session by session," Vijay said. "Not thinking too far ahead. Just be there and give it our all in every session whether it is batting or bowling. Especially the fielders. We are trying to give our best to the team whichever way we can.

"We are all pumped up to do something special, from the first guy to the 15th guy. We are here to prove a point, we are here to win a game. This game is placed really well. It is going to be a fantastic day tomorrow. Whoever plays the best cricket tomorrow will win."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on July 21, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Vijay played an innings that will perhaps be long forgotten when people look back. In terms of impact, it was every bit as crucial as Rahane's first innings century.

  • md111 on July 21, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Think it very much a case of fair play to India so far. Crucial junctures they have stepped up and taken the game away from England. Not sure what England can do from here some of them have he 'triers' look of the mid 90s England team about them.

  • on July 21, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    well done Vijay. Proud of you. Hope you will Be consistent enough in the games to continue. Vijay is the major reason for the position of India today rather than same old story of the failures in green pitch outside sub continent for India.

  • crazyguru on July 21, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    nice thing is this indian team tried. they were not devastated after a middle order collapse on both innings. and the bowlers broke the partnership whenever there was one. winning or losing does'nt matter as long as the teams' got the spirit

  • Devadatta_Rajadhyaksha on July 21, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    For the thirs test, India could get Binny to open the batting (dropping Dhawan) - he might score a quick 30 and get the bowlers off their plans. Rohit could be included to bat at 6.

  • on July 21, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Though vijay didn't score 100 but this innings is more value than 200+ brilliant, kohli,rahane should thank him for their scoring in Saf,Eng as he set d platform with pujara's help

  • haqster499 on July 21, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    If India can't win this game today on day 5 on a deteriorating pitch then they have huge problems....

    Dhoni & co should wrap this up way before tea, unless Plunkett, Ali, Root and Stokes have other ideas...

  • TRAM on July 21, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Guys, stop calling for Gambhir. He is outside-off flasher and has done nothing to warrant a place back in the team. He is another player who failed miserably in foreign pitches. He is a weak target against bouncers. Most of all he is very poor fielder and cant throw the ball to the keeper not even in one bounce. Dhawan is far better player and fielder.

  • princenag25 on July 21, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    I have been following the articles and comments since some days off late, i cant understand this. Why most of people are in favour of GG?? Before the series they asked for Vijay's Neck now Dhawans's. Now I think Binny has some role to play on final day. Dont think Dhoni will guve hima a bowl. But given a bowl and he dont pick wickets or limit scoring rate, may be he will be dropped for ash.

  • DaisonGarvasis on July 21, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    Its great to see the Team PREPARE WELL for a series. Have a good thought process, try new things (such as Dhoni at 6, play binny as alrounder), some decisions were not correct but at least they are thinking out of the box. Win or lose does not matter as long as there is clear evidence they gave their 100%.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on July 21, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Vijay played an innings that will perhaps be long forgotten when people look back. In terms of impact, it was every bit as crucial as Rahane's first innings century.

  • md111 on July 21, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Think it very much a case of fair play to India so far. Crucial junctures they have stepped up and taken the game away from England. Not sure what England can do from here some of them have he 'triers' look of the mid 90s England team about them.

  • on July 21, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    well done Vijay. Proud of you. Hope you will Be consistent enough in the games to continue. Vijay is the major reason for the position of India today rather than same old story of the failures in green pitch outside sub continent for India.

  • crazyguru on July 21, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    nice thing is this indian team tried. they were not devastated after a middle order collapse on both innings. and the bowlers broke the partnership whenever there was one. winning or losing does'nt matter as long as the teams' got the spirit

  • Devadatta_Rajadhyaksha on July 21, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    For the thirs test, India could get Binny to open the batting (dropping Dhawan) - he might score a quick 30 and get the bowlers off their plans. Rohit could be included to bat at 6.

  • on July 21, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Though vijay didn't score 100 but this innings is more value than 200+ brilliant, kohli,rahane should thank him for their scoring in Saf,Eng as he set d platform with pujara's help

  • haqster499 on July 21, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    If India can't win this game today on day 5 on a deteriorating pitch then they have huge problems....

    Dhoni & co should wrap this up way before tea, unless Plunkett, Ali, Root and Stokes have other ideas...

  • TRAM on July 21, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Guys, stop calling for Gambhir. He is outside-off flasher and has done nothing to warrant a place back in the team. He is another player who failed miserably in foreign pitches. He is a weak target against bouncers. Most of all he is very poor fielder and cant throw the ball to the keeper not even in one bounce. Dhawan is far better player and fielder.

  • princenag25 on July 21, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    I have been following the articles and comments since some days off late, i cant understand this. Why most of people are in favour of GG?? Before the series they asked for Vijay's Neck now Dhawans's. Now I think Binny has some role to play on final day. Dont think Dhoni will guve hima a bowl. But given a bowl and he dont pick wickets or limit scoring rate, may be he will be dropped for ash.

  • DaisonGarvasis on July 21, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    Its great to see the Team PREPARE WELL for a series. Have a good thought process, try new things (such as Dhoni at 6, play binny as alrounder), some decisions were not correct but at least they are thinking out of the box. Win or lose does not matter as long as there is clear evidence they gave their 100%.

  • Vindaliew on July 21, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    I love Vijay. Anyone who would patiently wait in the wings for years as Sehwag and Gambhir flayed bowling attacks all over the park, and only got to play when either was injured, and then after contributing some decent innings got shelved again to make way for the main attractions, must have patience as a key virtue in his character. In a way that has helped him - he's a far more complete batsman now than the youngster who was competing for an opening slot with India's most celebrated opening pair in recent years.

  • Sexysteven on July 21, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Interesting test match so far looking forward to the final day very even so far vijay has impressed me jadeja prob should play aggressively like that more often in test he looks better playing shots kumar great with bat and ball India playing better then I thought they would on this pitch yes Anderson has picked a fight with the wrong person it seems to be bringing the competitive and combative juices out of jadeja he thrives on that he would better off saying nothing to him cos the more you say to people like jadeja the better he performs I think Anderson has just kicked started jadejas series

  • on July 21, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    Even though we lost in Sa and NZ but the way Vijay leave balls is what helped Pujara, Rahane and Kohli to score big in thoese tours. Im seriously impressed with Vijay and if he wasn't there we would have been reading the same old scores of Indian test team since 2011.

    Well done vijay, keep leaving out side off and help the middle order to score big. All the best!

  • street_smart on July 21, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Drop Dhawan & Binny. Get in Gambhir & Ashwin.

  • on July 21, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    The last Indian to score 95 in his first Lord's test went on to have a fairly reasonable test career. If Murali Vijay manages half of that by the time he's done, he will have done himself proud.

  • Nampally on July 20, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    I agree with Vijay that Anderson-Vijay spat helped India more than it did England, at least presently. Anderson has a chance to respond thru' his bat on Day 5. But Jadeja, a very popular& talented Indian team all rounder took the whole incident as challenge to hit back & he did it with his bat in leading the last 4 wkts putting on 163 runs mainly thru' himself & Kumar's 99 run partnership. That was a great rear guard action especially when the new ball was treated with such scant respect by #'s 8 & 9 batsmen. This is the wkt. where Anderson revels & it is also a green wkt. with the slope. But when a guy is inspired to do well, he will. Jadeja has 3 triple centuries in Ranji matches in India. So he is not really a poor bat. He can belt the ball & by God he did it with vengeance. His bowling performance tomorrow will be on the line. Will he rise to the occasion & complete the job Including capturing Anderson's wkt? If he does it will prove that incident has spurred him & the Indian team

  • spinkingKK on July 20, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    I have been a big supporter of Vijay from his early days. Nowadays, he plays very very slow(a bit slower than Dravid). I think this is the reason why he is missing out on the centuries. One can see him wasting balls after balls on 90's. I think he should try to play his shots after getting to 50. Anyway, well played for his team, Vijay. Not entertaining. But, effective for the team's cause.

  • on July 20, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    Vijay's innings seem to be the morale booster when the rest of the main batsmen were at sea against the English bowling attack. As far as Bhuvi , he has made a determined effort and that paid of rich dividends.For him to score three fifties was no flash in the pan. Jadeja also played a daunted innings considerably well especially after going thru a nasty incident against Anderson.

  • on July 20, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    Vijay played well. Unfortunate to not get that Lord's hundred....

  • John.cric.lover on July 20, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    Vijay played really well... Sad he missed out on a Lords hundred by 5 runs... He really deserved it... The mental application was the best thing about the innings... India has found a solid Test opener...

  • baskar_guha on July 20, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Not been a fan of Vijay as a test opener but he is showing considerable grit that I didn't think he has to compensate for his technical flaws outside off. An important 95 from him to set up the counter attack by Jadeja and Kumar. India has to play attacking cricket and not wait for things to happen on the final day. As for England, Root and Ali can take England to glory if they do the near impossible. Exciting stuff.

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  • baskar_guha on July 20, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Not been a fan of Vijay as a test opener but he is showing considerable grit that I didn't think he has to compensate for his technical flaws outside off. An important 95 from him to set up the counter attack by Jadeja and Kumar. India has to play attacking cricket and not wait for things to happen on the final day. As for England, Root and Ali can take England to glory if they do the near impossible. Exciting stuff.

  • John.cric.lover on July 20, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    Vijay played really well... Sad he missed out on a Lords hundred by 5 runs... He really deserved it... The mental application was the best thing about the innings... India has found a solid Test opener...

  • on July 20, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    Vijay played well. Unfortunate to not get that Lord's hundred....

  • on July 20, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    Vijay's innings seem to be the morale booster when the rest of the main batsmen were at sea against the English bowling attack. As far as Bhuvi , he has made a determined effort and that paid of rich dividends.For him to score three fifties was no flash in the pan. Jadeja also played a daunted innings considerably well especially after going thru a nasty incident against Anderson.

  • spinkingKK on July 20, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    I have been a big supporter of Vijay from his early days. Nowadays, he plays very very slow(a bit slower than Dravid). I think this is the reason why he is missing out on the centuries. One can see him wasting balls after balls on 90's. I think he should try to play his shots after getting to 50. Anyway, well played for his team, Vijay. Not entertaining. But, effective for the team's cause.

  • Nampally on July 20, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    I agree with Vijay that Anderson-Vijay spat helped India more than it did England, at least presently. Anderson has a chance to respond thru' his bat on Day 5. But Jadeja, a very popular& talented Indian team all rounder took the whole incident as challenge to hit back & he did it with his bat in leading the last 4 wkts putting on 163 runs mainly thru' himself & Kumar's 99 run partnership. That was a great rear guard action especially when the new ball was treated with such scant respect by #'s 8 & 9 batsmen. This is the wkt. where Anderson revels & it is also a green wkt. with the slope. But when a guy is inspired to do well, he will. Jadeja has 3 triple centuries in Ranji matches in India. So he is not really a poor bat. He can belt the ball & by God he did it with vengeance. His bowling performance tomorrow will be on the line. Will he rise to the occasion & complete the job Including capturing Anderson's wkt? If he does it will prove that incident has spurred him & the Indian team

  • on July 21, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    The last Indian to score 95 in his first Lord's test went on to have a fairly reasonable test career. If Murali Vijay manages half of that by the time he's done, he will have done himself proud.

  • street_smart on July 21, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Drop Dhawan & Binny. Get in Gambhir & Ashwin.

  • on July 21, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    Even though we lost in Sa and NZ but the way Vijay leave balls is what helped Pujara, Rahane and Kohli to score big in thoese tours. Im seriously impressed with Vijay and if he wasn't there we would have been reading the same old scores of Indian test team since 2011.

    Well done vijay, keep leaving out side off and help the middle order to score big. All the best!

  • Sexysteven on July 21, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Interesting test match so far looking forward to the final day very even so far vijay has impressed me jadeja prob should play aggressively like that more often in test he looks better playing shots kumar great with bat and ball India playing better then I thought they would on this pitch yes Anderson has picked a fight with the wrong person it seems to be bringing the competitive and combative juices out of jadeja he thrives on that he would better off saying nothing to him cos the more you say to people like jadeja the better he performs I think Anderson has just kicked started jadejas series