India v Australia, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 3rd day October 11, 2010

Patient Vijay scripts a lead role for himself

In his few Test appearances before Bangalore, M Vijay had largely been restricted to playing Virender Sehwag's sidekick, but today he carved a bigger role to remember him by
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M Vijay opening with Virender Sehwag is a bit like Rajnikanth - a regional-language superstar, unequalled in his domain for his style and swagger - making a guest appearance in a Hollywood film featuring the industry's undisputed superstar. It is mostly a walk-on part but Vijay leaves us something to remember the role by - one line, one shot.

Vijay doesn't often get to work with Sehwag, but as usually happens with important sidekicks, he gets an important enough introduction. He tries to create impossible run-outs from forward short-leg, takes a few good catches without bothering to run too hard, and Sehwag even trusts him enough to let him take first strike.

Vijay hasn't been completely forgotten eiither, which sometimes can happen with the best of batsmen when batting with Sehwag. To manage to make an impact of your own when Sehwag is batting with you is not easy. The 87 Vijay scored off 121 balls against Sri Lanka at the Brabourne Stadium was superb, but in comparison with Sehwag's ultra-cool 293 it was but a footnote. We don't remember much of the Brabourne innings, but we do remember that Vijay brought up his fifty off 79 balls by hitting Muttiah Muralitharan over his head for a six. Sehwag was obviously proud, and hugged him. We don't remember much of what Vijay did when Sehwag was attacking yesterday, but we remember the drive he played between the bowler and the umpire.

In a way, the things Sehwag is known for can be said of Vijay in domestic cricket, the IPL and the Champions League. He may not be as cool as Sehwag - well, not many can be - but there is a clear emphasis on style. When it comes to Test cricket, though, Vijay is in a new place, in front of audience that doesn't necessarily know him. And his opening partner is obviously the big draw. At times the big stage overwhelms Vijay, and when he does put in a performance, it is in a scene dominated by Sehwag.

Some time after Sehwag's dismissal yesterday, though, Vijay must have realised that all these guest appearances full of swagger are fine, but they are not transforming into roles in future films. He made compromises with style, but he also got himself a bigger role. When the last 20 minutes yesterday were played in dodgy light, Vijay shut shop and let Tendulkar take most of the strike. This morning he didn't even try to compete with Tendulkar, who hooked, pulled, lofted and cut his way to hundred. Slowly, unnoticed almost, Vijay added runs, scoring just 31 off 88 in the first session. Most of the time was spent getting out of the way of bouncers, with wrists dropping early. Ducking was not the smart option because of the low bounce.

Vijay swaggered out in the second session, flicking Ben Hilfenhaus for four, and charging down to Nathan Hauritz for four and six. That just drew the bad guys' attention towards him, and they went after him. Bouncer after bouncer followed. Now he was saving his ribs, now he was getting his gloves out of the way. Slips, gully, short leg and leg gully waited for the lame poke. Vijay refused to budge.

It took him 54 balls to get from 87 to a maiden hundred. In going from 98 to 100, Vijay negotiated 13 back-to-back short balls from Peter George. Before that, Hilfenhaus gave him a working over, and came close to getting him out.

Vijay, though, was not getting anxious to get it done with. He waited and waited before the single presented itself. Then he jumped in jubilation. Then an equally overjoyed Tendulkar came to hug him. This was something entirely different. Not some golden cap at the Champions League. Not a hundred in first-class cricket. This was a hundred in front of a packed and loud crowd, in a Test that could have gone wrong for his side had he not buckled down.

There was grudging respect from the opposition. "We saw that he didn't really like playing on the back foot," Mitchell Johnson said. "We tried to do something about it by bowling short. And getting close fielders behind the wicket. He played extremely well and he was very patient. It was a good hundred by him, what more can I say?"

That wait when Australia peppered him with the bouncers was the most impressive part of Vijay's innings. It said a lot about his temperament. Of course a few stylish shots followed after his progression to hundred had left the bowlers exhausted. The wait said a lot about his temperament. He will need to use that patience some more, for he might have to relinquish his place to Gautam Gambhir when the latter is fit. At least a determined hundred, as opposed to a stylish 40, will make the selectors give it a thought before leaving Vijay out.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • kaapi on October 13, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    "Rajnikanth - a regional-language superstar" - Where are you sid? The second highest paid actor in Asia, The second biggest movie launch and arguably the largest fan following in the world. You are too lost in cricket, better stick to it :). M.Vijay is a classic act, and has an unseen confidence in himself. His shots are a pleasure to watch, technically correct and he is probably one of the best candidates for the Indian middle order that would be up for stakes next year. Last but not the least, my girlfriend lets me tune into cricket because of him.

  • on October 12, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    wel done m.vijay very well done....he transformed his batting style well from t20 to test in such a quick time...awesome...very patient nd cool........

  • on October 12, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Congrats VIJAY , atlast your hard work paid off , keep going , Dont mind about some guys foolish comments , i am an INDIAN , i love your knock SOME GUYS will not change thier attitude & show thier rationalisim

    CONGRATS TO MR SRIKANTH & OTHER SELECTORS FOR KEEPING FAITH IN HIS TALENT , BAD LUCK PUJARA , Hope BADRI / Rahane get thier turn when Mr Dravid / Mr Laxman hang their boots

    Biased guys stop praying for VIJAYS Failure , you prayer will not be answered BCCI & Srikanth dint stayed for 5 hrs only VIjay did by himself

  • fkauser on October 12, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    Hold on guys and dont just think about one inning.....he has to do alot to prove himself to open an inning with Sehwag.....like what gambhir has done ...at the moment no one can take his place in test as well in one day...let him grow more with this class players in present team india.....he played very good ...but you can just say him come and play in place of gambhir.......best of luck for Vijay and well played.

  • jimbond on October 12, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Vijay provides a fitting reply to Srikkanth & Co. who have ignored him for the opening slot for long by persisting with the sub-standard Dinesh karthik. At the same time, too early to make generalizations- or looking at him to replace either Gambhir or Dravid. Pujara (like Rahane) has proved himself to be far superior to many others (including Vijay) in the domestic scene; hence it may be useful to give him a few more chances before writing him off. In fact we may need both Pujara and Rahane to fill up some middle order slots in the near future- and they need to be prepared as back up for this slot (just as Vijay can be a back up for the opening slot). Along with Vijay, Pujara, and Rahane, we should also take care of our other batting potentials like Manish Pandey, Saurabh Tiwary, Badrinath, Utappa, Rohit Sharma, Rayudu, Yuvraj, Raina, Parthiv Patel, Irfan Pathan etc, for meeting the heavy workload of the Indian team in all the three formats.

  • Runster1 on October 12, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    @D.Sharma Mate, chillax u jealous fan. I wud pick murali vijay over pujara anyday. Stop breaking the mighty fan base of the indian cricket team. Pujara was a poor batsmen and shud not be in the team :D Murali vijay, u are a son of a gun

  • bobagorof on October 12, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    Vijay should be retained, and Dravid dropped when Gambhir is fit. Dravid is out of form, whereas Vijay has shown himself to be in form and able to produce a good Test match innings.

  • ArdentCritic on October 12, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    Actually Selector were wrong in picking an out of form Ghambir in the first test against In-Form Vijay in all format of this sport. They should know that Country has paid enough dues to Dravid as well. Can they take any lessons from the outing of Hayden from the Oz's team

  • ArdentCritic on October 12, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    @"M Vijay opening with Virender Sehwag is a bit like Rajnikanth - a regional-language superstar, unequalled in his domain for his style and swagger - making a guest appearance in a Hollywood film featuring the industry's undisputed superstar" - I smell some inihibition on the author's part. Did he actually meant RajniKanth roll in Bollywood film against Big B. lol

  • VipulPatki on October 12, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    I wonder why do we need to bring in North-south divide. As Indians, why don't we rejoice at his good innings? And while praising him, we don't need to berate other Indian players either.

  • kaapi on October 13, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    "Rajnikanth - a regional-language superstar" - Where are you sid? The second highest paid actor in Asia, The second biggest movie launch and arguably the largest fan following in the world. You are too lost in cricket, better stick to it :). M.Vijay is a classic act, and has an unseen confidence in himself. His shots are a pleasure to watch, technically correct and he is probably one of the best candidates for the Indian middle order that would be up for stakes next year. Last but not the least, my girlfriend lets me tune into cricket because of him.

  • on October 12, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    wel done m.vijay very well done....he transformed his batting style well from t20 to test in such a quick time...awesome...very patient nd cool........

  • on October 12, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Congrats VIJAY , atlast your hard work paid off , keep going , Dont mind about some guys foolish comments , i am an INDIAN , i love your knock SOME GUYS will not change thier attitude & show thier rationalisim

    CONGRATS TO MR SRIKANTH & OTHER SELECTORS FOR KEEPING FAITH IN HIS TALENT , BAD LUCK PUJARA , Hope BADRI / Rahane get thier turn when Mr Dravid / Mr Laxman hang their boots

    Biased guys stop praying for VIJAYS Failure , you prayer will not be answered BCCI & Srikanth dint stayed for 5 hrs only VIjay did by himself

  • fkauser on October 12, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    Hold on guys and dont just think about one inning.....he has to do alot to prove himself to open an inning with Sehwag.....like what gambhir has done ...at the moment no one can take his place in test as well in one day...let him grow more with this class players in present team india.....he played very good ...but you can just say him come and play in place of gambhir.......best of luck for Vijay and well played.

  • jimbond on October 12, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Vijay provides a fitting reply to Srikkanth & Co. who have ignored him for the opening slot for long by persisting with the sub-standard Dinesh karthik. At the same time, too early to make generalizations- or looking at him to replace either Gambhir or Dravid. Pujara (like Rahane) has proved himself to be far superior to many others (including Vijay) in the domestic scene; hence it may be useful to give him a few more chances before writing him off. In fact we may need both Pujara and Rahane to fill up some middle order slots in the near future- and they need to be prepared as back up for this slot (just as Vijay can be a back up for the opening slot). Along with Vijay, Pujara, and Rahane, we should also take care of our other batting potentials like Manish Pandey, Saurabh Tiwary, Badrinath, Utappa, Rohit Sharma, Rayudu, Yuvraj, Raina, Parthiv Patel, Irfan Pathan etc, for meeting the heavy workload of the Indian team in all the three formats.

  • Runster1 on October 12, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    @D.Sharma Mate, chillax u jealous fan. I wud pick murali vijay over pujara anyday. Stop breaking the mighty fan base of the indian cricket team. Pujara was a poor batsmen and shud not be in the team :D Murali vijay, u are a son of a gun

  • bobagorof on October 12, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    Vijay should be retained, and Dravid dropped when Gambhir is fit. Dravid is out of form, whereas Vijay has shown himself to be in form and able to produce a good Test match innings.

  • ArdentCritic on October 12, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    Actually Selector were wrong in picking an out of form Ghambir in the first test against In-Form Vijay in all format of this sport. They should know that Country has paid enough dues to Dravid as well. Can they take any lessons from the outing of Hayden from the Oz's team

  • ArdentCritic on October 12, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    @"M Vijay opening with Virender Sehwag is a bit like Rajnikanth - a regional-language superstar, unequalled in his domain for his style and swagger - making a guest appearance in a Hollywood film featuring the industry's undisputed superstar" - I smell some inihibition on the author's part. Did he actually meant RajniKanth roll in Bollywood film against Big B. lol

  • VipulPatki on October 12, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    I wonder why do we need to bring in North-south divide. As Indians, why don't we rejoice at his good innings? And while praising him, we don't need to berate other Indian players either.

  • on October 12, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    Murali Vijay played a very matured innings. He would have learnt a lot in the middle playing with Sachin than his entire stint under a coach. I think he is a person for the future. The selectors should groom him properly and should not throw him out of the side if he fails again. A good team can be formed only if you stick on to a pool of 20 players and keep giving them opportunities at the highest level to perform.

    With the SA and England series coming up, he would get experience even if he does not get a chance in play in the XI. I think Pujara is a great talent and should not be dropped because of one failure. It would make sense for the selectors to give these guys an chance against NZ, who are currently struggling against Bangladesh. Overall a nice to see a youngster coming through, irrespective of which state he belongs to. Though i am a big fan of Rahul, it would be a fitting end to his career if he guides India to victory in the second innings and retire in front of his home g

  • vidram100 on October 12, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    Vijay played really well. Once again he proved that he is a very good test player dont forget his hundred is against aussies.These guys are the future india

  • indianpunter on October 12, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    Rohit Gore and Rajeev Peddi! Thank you for putting your views on papaer. I have been crying hoarse over the past 12 months about how Dravid has to make way. This is the best opportunity to blood vijay in our ranks as number 3. Dravid's game has disintegrated to a point where what once used to be his strength ( leaving around the off stump) is now his bug bear. He looks hapless when the teams lay traps and gullibly he walks into them. At 38, he is not going to get better. It will be the biggest mistake to take him to SA, much like taking the ageing Vengsarkar on the 91-92 Australia tour. The time is now!!

  • spinkingKK on October 11, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    Vijay should be kept with. Not at the expense of Gambhir. But at No.3 he will be a better choice than Dravid, who will only score once in every 10 test matches. If Vijay is given a license to score more freely, he will be a treat at No.3 for India. One has to give credit to the selectors for going with their gut feelings sometimes and selecting players who are not talked about. Vijay was one of them picked by Sreekanth's gut feeling. So was Ishant Sharma by Vengsarkar and Kumble when he was selected all those years back.

  • on October 11, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    for those who feel that the chairman of selectors krishnamachari srikanth biased for selecting TN players, I would like to say 'LET IT BE'.

    lot of times TN players future had been lost despite of there talent & worthless north indian players where worshipped . This is our time and we will do that. Do whatever you ppl can?

  • JustAGame on October 11, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Very interesting comments. One guy mentioned about cricinfo going gaga over trivial stuff, I second that. Also, What I feel is it's too early to label someone as replacement of one of the best #3(i.e. Vijay), as well as it's too early to write a player completely off (i.e. Yuvi). India should build some good seaming-bouncy wickets in norther India to replicate Eng/SA conditions and should groom players like Yuvi, Raina, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Badri etc. There should be a 3 test and few T20s tournament lasting for a month each winter among all these players. We gonna need entire middle order in 2-3 years.

  • yugandard on October 11, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    " Rajnikanth - a regional-language superstar " .... Is this a mischief by the regional (almost racial ) minded author of the column ? There is only one superstar (Undisputed, ofcourse) and it is RAJINIKANTH. Dot.

  • TRAM on October 11, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    I agree Vijay should be considered for middle order as well. To my knowledge Vijay and Tendulkar are the only 2 Ind batsmen who seem to handle T20 and Test styles. It is good to see an Ind batsman skilled to leave the short-pitched deliveries technically correctly - unlike many other Indian batsmen who struggle against the bouncers - including Gambhir and Raina. Batsmen who cant play bouncers *please quit*. I agree comparing Movie star with sportsman is terrible.

  • peterss on October 11, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    Really good innings. good spotting of talent and persistance by the selectors. really happy that India might have found a possible future in cricket. could consider replacing the out of sorts ghambir.... vijay must be in the test team. replace raina at least! who was clueless against short stuff

  • Raj12345 on October 11, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    Good innings. He is starting his carrier and we have to wait and see. It is up to him to use the opportunity what he got. I am sure he will take from there...

    @D Sharma & @shashankvaish - I don't understand their problem. Even someone scores 100 who is from other state than your state, still you r going to comment something. continue...I was expecting comment for Vijay even if he plays. that happens now

    Cricket lovers, please we should avoid to response here after.

    Good luck team india.

  • sudhs_107 on October 11, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    @Alexk400 :: No need to be rude on Pujara. He came to bat when pitch is almost deteriorated and he got out for a very good ball too. But, he should be given more opportunities.

    Anyhow, well played by Vjay. We should see how he plays in overseas.

  • Born_Smart on October 11, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    Guys hold on before jumping into any conclusions. He might be playing well at the moment, but the point is that he got the nod when he got nod way ahead of many other deserving people like Dhawan, Rahane (yes. He too has opened in many FC games) and others. Same is happening with Mukund & Anirudda with their India, and India A team calls. Also, to those people who are asking to keep Vijay at the expense of Gautam remember SS Das, Devang Gandhis, W Jaffers, S Rameshs, Akash Chopras...etc. Vijay may or may not fall into this category. Whereas Gambhir has proved in many test matches already and he will have to continue playing has first choice partner to Sehwag.

  • CricketpunditUSA on October 11, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Good Test knock. He has done wll in T20 as well. Should be happy if a guy does well. More performing players auger well for India. But time has come to rotate the "old players" and provide chances for Vijay, Pujara and others. So when the greats retire, there is no vaccum left behind. We don't want to be like Australia. Let us face it. Sachin, Rahul and VVS have at most three years in them. May be less... So we need to rotate the young guns when these guys are around and groom them for test. Srikkanth was an excellent captain for the one series he was in. He unearthed Tendulkar and Manjrekar. So keep that in mind boys! He should be given credit for Vijay. Wish Pujara and Bardi perform well. These guys slog in the domestic tournaments. So we want folks like this to do well to inspire the kids to do well... T20 can't produce a VVS or a Sachin or a Dravid for sure.

  • streetsmart26 on October 11, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    @D.Sharman,shashankvaish: whats ur problem?..stop creating a divide here.!..assuming ur allegations abt srikkanth being biased is true, I would like to know if it has all been fair before?..how many times selectors from others regions have preferred ppl from their region?..especially delhi,mumbai?..where did Mr.parthiv patel come from?..no one knows. He was a school boy and had not even played ranji and no one knows on what basis he came thro. He was not supremely talented like sachin either.So what do u say abt that?..anyways..i don wanna get into CHEAP talk like u. I accept things as it is. Coming to the point, vijay played well.Determined knock though far from a fluent knock. Replacing Gauti? Not yet. He has to wait. Gauti is equally good and has more experience and has proven on all kinds of wickets. Vijay must wait!..and am not from delhi..i am in fact from TN! :) ..But INDIA doing well only matters. So vijay can wait!.. and srikkanth..he has been okay..not fully convinced though!

  • on October 11, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    A great innings by a teacher and his student ;)

  • on October 11, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    @Sur Tin Dude come on.. 20 years ? =_= he is already 25.. it will be good if he can play for 10 more years. Pujara was the winner today..

  • MakeNoMistake on October 11, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    He is a class act PERIOD! Anyone who thinks otherwise does not know cricket!

  • muski on October 11, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Yeah-Though an avid Dravid fan who has seen him come through the ranks since he played for SJCC in Blr, I cant help think that somebody like Vijay needs to be groomed in the next 12 months once Dravid hangs up his boots. The same succession plan needs to be kind of started for VVS and the great man( who looks like getting to 100 100´s in the next couple of series). If only the successors to these great men can perform under all conditons and in all pitches, Indian test cricket will be in safe hands.

  • CricketMaan on October 11, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    @Alex400 - I guess you are suffering from amnesia...Badri made a wonderful 56 against SA in which the only other batsman to score was Viru with a 100. And then he was unceremoniously dropped for no mistake of his. In 3 ODIs he played he failed once, and he won India a match with Dhoni and in the 3rd he sacrificed his wicket for the team..Please don't comment for the sake of it..

  • Antu_Mathiyas on October 11, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Recent matches Vijay performing well on T20 formats (IPL-3 and CLT20), today he proved on Test also. But don't compare with Gambir, there is no word to changing the current regular opening partners. Lot of others suggested to give chance in the round robin with seniors. Now the competition for middle order VVS, Yuvi, Raina and Pujara. I think, if this match is going to draw situation, then Dhoni may give chance to Pujara bat earlier like No-3 position ahead of Dravid of No-4.

    Here lot of commands against selection. It is natural, when 3 or 4 players are in list with same quality then the opportunity goes to their Zone player (Not to like give previous tons of example).

    We need Irfan Pathan on the All rounder positon on Limited Over matches instead of Jadeja, that will boost our limited over match. I believe some politics is going on the pathan's selection. If he is not completing 10 overs, even he can bat on Power play when opener fall early.

  • East_West on October 11, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    congrats Vijay! you deserve it boy! When he was rushed into Test cricket at a short notice, he performed well against Aussies last time! If some of you TN-haters remember, it was Sourav who asked CHIKA to have a look at Vijay! So, please spare a thought for this kid who infact, came to 'Cricket' at a later stage than others! Also, if Pujara is picked then why NOT Badri who is more capable than Yuvi, Rohit and others! So, if you think it is biased selection, then how come BADRI is NOT included?? So Indians just chill and be united!! BTW..I am a hyderabadi and not Tamil nor a hindu! so grow up KIDS and think of INDIA --not interms of language/religion/region/caste/creed..blah blah...If you really want an excellent example of how bad things can go, look no further than our neighbor Pakistan!! so learn and live in unity for a higher cause!! Sid, hope you publish this text! thanks in advance!!

  • on October 11, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    a gr8 innings from murali vijay showed class and temperament he's a gud player but dunno when he got his chnce in the odi he just wasted it he needs to work very hard to find consistency.....and guys could u pls stop writing day in day out abt dravid to retire ..........PLS !!!!!!!!!!! he knows when he'll retire he's in gud form yeah he fell for a trap and bet he'd learn from it he played a gud 77 innings in the last test yeah had a bad series against sl so wht ??? just one series........chk the 3-4 series before tht ........so pls stop it when he decides to retire he would.......but yeah comin back to the point hats off to murali vijay for holdin his nerve and crackin a gud ton was a bit shaky at times escaped dismissals a couple of times but yeah a gud century

  • on October 11, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    May b the one down option.. Dravid is a great player, but India does have the luxury of fitting Vijay into the picture while Dravid works his way back again..

  • Alexk400 on October 11, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    What happen to the super player pujara ? 4? pssst... pujara and badrinath are same. They play well in domestic and big zero in international game.

    M.Vijay showed how to play patient game. Gambhir lost form. So vijay should play in place of gambhir. Gambhir lost his confidence after srilanka test. Let him play domestic and get back to his form.

    Srikkanth is greatest selector. He gave india number 1 position in TEST.

  • svinodmenon on October 11, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Yes, Gauti has proved a lot and it is too early to compare Vijay with Gautham. Btw why do you guys compare Gauti with Vijay i believe its waste of time. Here is the one (Vijay) who can replace Dravid in the future. If this guy can play good at No1 position he can be more better in 1 down. Also @ NikDawg do you watch cricket matches frequently, i think you need to watch the highlights of CLT20. Improve your memory. Vijay is the man of the series which has 10 teams from almost 6 diff countries. I felt bad about Pujara, a good batsman on debut got out to a poor delivery. unfortunate is the only word.

  • on October 11, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Vijay is a super classy player. I have seen him play in Australian bouncy conditions when Gambhir was injured. He did a class act - he was fluent, great technique and confident of his ability. This guy is here to stay for another 20 years. Welcome Vijay to Test Cricket.

  • on October 11, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    139 runs in 310 balls batting for 433 mins.... Great knock sir!!! I dont care if Vijay is from TN or Mumbai or Delhi or he was lucky or unlucky. All i know is i saw a fine knock from good India Player. I truly enjoyed the inning.

    PS: Sorry but the analogy in the above article was certainly poor!!!

  • on October 11, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    @NikDawg - Vijay will get his opportunities. But the mark of a great batsmen is not just scoring of bouncy pitches. The masters of batting play well on all pitches, including rank turners. If you get your jaundiced eye out of the way, you might as well enjoy the stylishness of Vijay. Stop crying, ok?

  • dr.aditya on October 11, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Pathetic article, the objective of the article is not at all lucid, lacks substance, is over repetitive, hint of parochialism in it, even though i m myself from Delhi, but one must always think about the best interests of India, in this day & age, we are still bothered about Delhi, TN, Mumbai, Karnataka...., THE FACT IS THAT TODAY VIJAY DID IT FOR INDIA AND HE MUST GET ALL DUE CREDIT, AND THE GUY WAS PLAYING FOR INDIA, NOT TN, couldn't agree with Nagarajan_Prabhu more, & i wonder how low has cricinfo's standard gone down, with these third rate articles being published

  • vivvi on October 11, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    it was a cool innings from a cool guy......India's furure looks good .....great talent the fellow is ....remainds VVS ..LAXMAN ...very wristy ....stylish..high quallity cricket.good temperement....hope he matures into a big man.....again,unique wrists and timing.........who said india's cricketing future is dull..........

  • on October 11, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    I wonder why most people don't like Tamilnadu players (It also belongs to India) Why are you people biased? Lets appreciate talent

  • on October 11, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    I wonder why most people don't like Tamilnadu players (It also belongs to India) Why are you people biased? Lets appreciate talent

  • Evangelyst on October 11, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    As an Indian fan, am happy with Vijay's success. I think he is a talented batsman and is in the team for his performances rather than any selectorial quirk. At the same time, he does have some way to go, and will need to prove himself overseas on fast bouncy pitches. I think he has the talent and temperament to succeed and potentially become a world class batsman.

    Overall I am optimistic about the future of Indian batting with Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Raina in the team and Kohli, Sharma, Rahane and Mukund as back up.

  • karthikfromchennai on October 11, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    @The author, stop comparing cine actors with cricket players..its ridiculous. Just because Vijay is from Chennai, you bring Rajnikanth here.

  • karthikfromchennai on October 11, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    When Gambhir is fit Vijay should make way for him cos Gambhir is more experienced and a better player. Vijay will have to wait for his turn to find a permanent place in the side.

  • karthikfromchennai on October 11, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Indians will be happy that Vijay scored a century...but guys like DSharma and shashankvaish will not be...

  • karthikfromchennai on October 11, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    @D.Sharma and others who are not happy that someone from chennai scored a century and is praised...stop being jealous guys, you would be surprised to know that it was Saurav who said Srikkanth sometime back to watch out for Vijay. Srikkanth said if someone of Saurav's wisdom recommending an youngster...should be a real talent. We know dada is a true champion and the best cricket brain in his prime. Remember, dada is the one who continuosly backed players like Viru, Bhajji, Zaheer, Yuvraj when they were young and raw. So, when Saurav himself spoke of Vijay to Srikkanth...he must be a REAL talent and Vijay is proving himself in all the opportunities he gets. Be it IPL, Champions league or the Test matches he has been scoring runs..CONSISTENTly. Look at the joy on Sachin's face when Vijay scored the century...the HUGE HUG said it all....there is no problem in the dressing room whether a player is TN or Delhi....they all play for INDIA...but only sick jealous fans like you make it ugly

  • on October 11, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    I feel he surely matches rajnikant with the style...the difference is that vijay is exaggerated a lot fewer times...

  • Nagarajan_Prabhu on October 11, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    I still find lot of hate comments and its just because Vijay is from TN (@D.Sharma, @shashankvaish). Vijay is a classy stylish player. if you have watched the extra innings in NEO Cricket, Gavaskar has a great praise for him. Also asking @D.Sharma, @shashankvaish, if Srikanth selects them also, they should prove themselves to be in the team. he has selected whom Dhoni has faith like Vijay, Ashwin. Stop thinking about TN guys, UP Guys, Delhi guys and think its INDIA, whomever plays India should win, that is the ultimate aim.

  • NikDawg on October 11, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Once again a mediocre batsmen who cannot play fast bowling convincingly does well on Indian pitches and is lauded. Unless Vijay proves himself on bouncy pitches against a good pace attack, he cannot be considered a good batsmen.

  • vrghosh on October 11, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Congratulations to Vijay... on his maiden ton n looks gutsy on testing tracks of Test Cricket under guidance of Master n Mesiha of Cricket Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar... Sorry for Pujara... but his strike rate... 133.33 in his first inning in the age of Sound breakers of Test Cricket is the only consolation for the future star... This test is going for draw .. now its for sure... So its my wish that anyhow Sachin manage n crack his first triple ton... in this dead wicket ...

  • sweetspot on October 11, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    @ D. Sharma - You must have been sleeping when Jaffer made his debut. I wonder if Vijay was even playing cricket at the time! Rahane Bahane - Vijay has performed well in tough situations already. There may be any number of talented lads, but just because Vijay is from Tamilnadu, you can't be criticizing him. Even Srikkanth is from Tamilnadu, look at how he has taken India to the #1 rank! So, we should NEVER have selectors from any other part of India ever again? What rubbish!

  • sweetspot on October 11, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    @shashankvaish - How can BCCI bosses help anyone get a Test hundred? If you're alluding to that ridiculous allegation that Srikkanth selects his own favourite boys, then his favourite boys must be GREAT, because NO other selection committee has delivered India to a #1 spot in world rankings. Take your rants somewhere else. The sheer weight of performance should not be criticized just because you don't like someone.

  • ANEWRAG on October 11, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    pick on form rather than reputation

  • on October 11, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    I still find lot of hate comments and its just because Vijay is from TN (@D.Sharma, @shashankvaish). Just bcoz the selection committe chairman is from TN, it does not mean that players from TN should not be selected. When a 'poster-boy' pujara scores 4 in his debut and gets out, he is 'unlucky', where as Vijay is 'lucky' to have scored 139. He played almost 3 sessions without getting out and still some say he 'Should not be in the team' !! Vijay also has the nack of scoring quick, so its high time he should be inducted in to the ODI team as well. Let me remind again.. Team India has not lost any test series from the day the current selection committe headed by Srikanth took over, Which proves that the selection has been great in all the series.

  • on October 11, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    All the people comparing gambhir with vijay must not forget that this is his first hundred that too on home turf...gambhir was test player of the year last season and it will take vijay some doing before he matches up with fantastic efforts of gambhir ... like the one he played in napier last year...

  • on October 11, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    With Gautam Gambhir obviously struggling for form, wouldn't it be better for Vijay to continue. Gauti can sort himself out and in the mean time, Rahul Dravid might just retire and him a chance to come one down. Who says India's batting future is not safe? They said the same when Gavaskar retires.

  • Raja22222 on October 11, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Look at the way he left the short and swinging balls..He has a great technique and temperament..Vijay deserves a place in the test matches too. After the T20 games he struggled a bit especially on running between the wickets initially(on taking quick singles) but latter on he adopted well and went on to build a very solid partnership. Lucky enough to play with Sachin for a 300 runs partnership which is a dream for many cricketers. getting a big hundred against Australia is not easy.He will sustain for long..well done

  • on October 11, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    guys cant just appreciate a good days cricket.. politics, politics and politics every where.. what the heck is wrong with you all?

  • dossk on October 11, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    One must understand the golden Cap does not come with fluke and CSK IPL/CLT20 championship is not possible without vijay. Today Vijay stood solidly to avoid a collapse. Again Tendulkar would have run out of Partners. Well done selectors.Slowly the talents like Mukund, Badri, Aniruth and Aswin from TN will dominate Indian Cricket soon

  • ladycricfan on October 11, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Running between the wickets, Vijay has to curb his T20 instincts. Otherwise it was a fantastic effortless innings. So valuable to India's cause. Soon he will have a permanant place in the test team. Congratulations on his maiden hundred.

  • getgopi on October 11, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    One player -- Aussie, Indian, whoever -- has either a good or bad day and cricinfo puts out an article on him that ranges from praise to poetic. I know cricinfo writers like to write and do all sorts of clever things with the English language, like comparing cricket to the film industry, but too many articles like this that single out one player tend to irritate. Just mention someone's performance in the context of the bulletin and that makes an interesting enough read.

  • on October 11, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    Jaffer was given enough opportunities, Shikar Dhawan failed in the limited overs and now on the way up despite two great openers in Delhi. BTW, Rahane or Pujara are not openers. Vijay has done a great job for a side kick but he will have to wait for a long long time. My fav still are Sehwag and Gambir (that is despite me being a Tamizian and despite being a fan of Vijay)

  • CricketFanRohit on October 11, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    Vijay has proved time and again that he is one of the more talented, temperamental and patient batsmen to have found his way into the Indian side. But he has not been persisted with; only taken on trips as an extra opener. I believe he can fill the gap created by the immiment retirement of the three legends. He should be given more chances in the middle order to gain experience. Chances to play alongside the likes of Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman will give him the rigour to build huge innings, just like today. It will not do him harm to learn the tricks of the trade from the masters themselves, and that too in pressure situations. He can give Raina tough competition and motivate him to improve his game rather than take his place for granted. I can see in Vijay, a future middle order batsman who can hold innings together, only if he is not wasted as an alternative opener.

  • on October 11, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    People like d sharma should deserve heavy condemnation and should not be allowed to post in this decent forum. I wonder why this is not done yet?

  • on October 11, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    whoa! really? Like said in the passage he went unnoticed all 'these' days..

  • Rohit-Gore on October 11, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    (Continued from last comment)...I know I will be pounded for saying this, but maybe the time has come for India to start looking at an able replacement for one of the greatest number three in the history. Murali Vijay is yet to prove his credentials on bouncier, seaming pitches, but he never would if he doesn't get an opportunity. He is young, he is hungry and has opened the innings for India. If anyone in the current lot of youngsters has a shot at filling the huge shoes of Rahul Dravid, it is him.

  • Rohit-Gore on October 11, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    A few days back, on a Harsha Bhogle column, I had said that the first innings of Dravid, Ponting and Tendulkar would be interesting to view. They all scored. But since then, Dravid has gone back to the state he has been in the last two years or so - a decoded great. It was disheartening to see the way Aussies set the trap for him and how he fell for it. All the aging greats in sports have suffered this: a tiny chink in their armour is discovered, a ruthless opposition exposes it, everyone emulates it. Steffi Graf suffered it - dodgy knees made everyone make her do a lot of rallies. Babe Ruth's expanding waistline made him susceptible to strikeouts by young pitchers. Diego Maradona's advancing age and other off field issues made him lose his lightening speed and opposition defenders started tackling him effectively. There is a theory that in the last part of his career, the greatest sportsman, Muhammad Ali became vulnerable to longer fights...(continued)

  • on October 11, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Dont exaggerate too much.. He is doing good job , let him do... Still a long road to go for him..

  • MaksoodChaiwalla on October 11, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Superb innings by Vijay. He has made his mark and deserves a few more outings even when Gambhir is fit. Let Gambhir fight for his place. How could anyone consider Vijay to make way for Gambhir after such a fantastic innings?

  • manasvi_lingam on October 11, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    I think the article wasn't well written. There should have been more emphasis on cricket than on stupid analogies between films and cricket. Vijay played a good innings. If he does well in the next one as well, the time will come for Gambhir to fight for his place.

  • shashankvaish on October 11, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    he is one who has the support of bcci bosses..........but today with some luck he showed he belongs here n shud go a long way in securing a place in the test team at the expense of so less talented delhi boy gautam

  • on October 11, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    IT is time the selectors play a rotation policy with Sachin-Laxman-Dravid, and rest 1 of the Fab 3 every match and getting Vijay in that place. Vijay, Raina are the guys of the future and India cannot wait to groom them. Given Dravid's form of late, his retirement is not far and somebody needs to fill his shoes. Also it might be better for India to have Sehwag play down - almost all great batsmen except Gavaskar played in 3-4.

  • tall_turtle on October 11, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    IMHO, Vijay need not necessarily be considered just as an opener. It'll be good competition between him, Raina and Pujara for the one vacant place in the middle order (two places till Laxman returns). When the seniors retire, these players would get their due.

  • ram5160 on October 11, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Good to see Vijay get his first 100. His footwork is slightly suspect though. But the same things were said of Sehwag and VVS. Although, I don't think he has the same level of talent. Gambhir has to come in for the next test. But he does get injured a lot and Vijay is a much better fielder. Let's see if the competition motivates Gambhir.

  • ajay_01 on October 11, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Very patient knock in trying situation. well done man. keep going.

  • D.Sharma on October 11, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    VIJAY is from tamil Nadu and should not be playing for India because only got in cheaply becuase of srikkanth. Jaffer or Rahane or Pujara should have made debut long before him.

  • Razor88 on October 11, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    No Issues He will be one of the Big Guns from India in the Future with Raina,Kholi and Robin.... Gr8 Knock it has to be said......So determined to Take India to a Strong position..... Not only did he get a Beautiful Hundred but also the way he Got it he will surely have to Fill the Gaps after Laxman and Dravid.... A solid Right Hander

  • on October 11, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    I guess it is time for Rahul Dravid to hang his boots. Its been log time since he has performed for India. Vijay can take the No. 3 spot now.

  • Hindh on October 11, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Great innings Vijay. Congrats for the ton and partnering alongside the god of Cricket.

  • Hindh on October 11, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    The match has been closed out by indian batsman like always . From now on it is either an indian win or a draw.

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  • Hindh on October 11, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    The match has been closed out by indian batsman like always . From now on it is either an indian win or a draw.

  • Hindh on October 11, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Great innings Vijay. Congrats for the ton and partnering alongside the god of Cricket.

  • on October 11, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    I guess it is time for Rahul Dravid to hang his boots. Its been log time since he has performed for India. Vijay can take the No. 3 spot now.

  • Razor88 on October 11, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    No Issues He will be one of the Big Guns from India in the Future with Raina,Kholi and Robin.... Gr8 Knock it has to be said......So determined to Take India to a Strong position..... Not only did he get a Beautiful Hundred but also the way he Got it he will surely have to Fill the Gaps after Laxman and Dravid.... A solid Right Hander

  • D.Sharma on October 11, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    VIJAY is from tamil Nadu and should not be playing for India because only got in cheaply becuase of srikkanth. Jaffer or Rahane or Pujara should have made debut long before him.

  • ajay_01 on October 11, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Very patient knock in trying situation. well done man. keep going.

  • ram5160 on October 11, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Good to see Vijay get his first 100. His footwork is slightly suspect though. But the same things were said of Sehwag and VVS. Although, I don't think he has the same level of talent. Gambhir has to come in for the next test. But he does get injured a lot and Vijay is a much better fielder. Let's see if the competition motivates Gambhir.

  • tall_turtle on October 11, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    IMHO, Vijay need not necessarily be considered just as an opener. It'll be good competition between him, Raina and Pujara for the one vacant place in the middle order (two places till Laxman returns). When the seniors retire, these players would get their due.

  • on October 11, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    IT is time the selectors play a rotation policy with Sachin-Laxman-Dravid, and rest 1 of the Fab 3 every match and getting Vijay in that place. Vijay, Raina are the guys of the future and India cannot wait to groom them. Given Dravid's form of late, his retirement is not far and somebody needs to fill his shoes. Also it might be better for India to have Sehwag play down - almost all great batsmen except Gavaskar played in 3-4.

  • shashankvaish on October 11, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    he is one who has the support of bcci bosses..........but today with some luck he showed he belongs here n shud go a long way in securing a place in the test team at the expense of so less talented delhi boy gautam