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

Anderson spat helping Jadeja - Vijay

Sidharth Monga at Lord's

July 20, 2014

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M Vijay heads off after being dismissed for 95, England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day, July 20, 2014
So close: M Vijay could not quite get on the honours board, but he played a key role in setting up India © AFP

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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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by android_user 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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%.

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