India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 2nd day March 3, 2013

Chennai failure motivated Vijay

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M Vijay's performance in Chennai, where he scored 16 runs in two innings, and the disappointment of his second innings dismissal, was what pushed him into an innings that could mark his return to the Indian team for a longer period.

Vijay scored a superbly-weighted second Test century, against Australia in Hyderabad, as part of a vital unbeaten 294-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara to take India's total to 311 for 1 at stumps on day two.

Vijay said the Chennai Test had "hit him hard" because "I gave my wicket away in the second innings." Vijay had scored 10 and 6 in the Chennai Test, dismissed both times by James Pattinson. In the second innings, with the victory target being only 50, Vijay had gone for an extravagant drive outside the off stump and was caught by Moises Henriques at mid-off.

"Basically, I was thinking that I made a mistake in the second innings of the first Test match rather than the first," Vijay said. "I should have just come back not out, which didn't happen. So I was just ready for this game."

Coming to Hyderabad, Vijay said, "I just wanted to stay at the wicket for as long as possible. So that was my intention and it didn't matter how the wicket goes. My thinking was to give a good start for the team. Apparently, it happened."

Vijay's was an uncharacteristically sedate innings: of the 288 balls he faced today in his innings of 129, he scored off only 57 balls, at a strike-rate of under 45. "I was preparing to fight it out there as long as possible and maybe if a good ball comes, then it is fine. I just wanted to stay and not give my wicket away."

He realised that his partnership with Pujara was an unusual and important one for India. "It is always wonderful to get a good start for the team. Partnerships like this don't happen all the time. We really cherished it. Pujara batted really well and it was good for the team."

Over a single inspired day in Hyderabad, Vijay's selection in the Indian team for the first two Tests against Australia had gone from being a flaky choice to one governed by enormous foresight. A woeful Ranji season, in which he averaged 17.25 and top scored with 42, was not the reason he was included in the Rest of India team for the Irani Cup. Vijay scored 116 in the Irani Cup and what could have counted in his selection was a good record at home, where he averages above 47 across a smattering of 13 Tests since November 2008.

Vijay said he didn't know whether this innings would cement his pace in the Test team. "Every innings in the international circuit is very important for everybody. I was really pumped up to play this series and that is what I really worked for. When I got it, I just wanted to hang in there and show what I am capable of."

The Uppal wicket he said, was a good one to bat on, "if you apply yourself." The difficulty it presented for new batsmen coming in became the centerpiece of his partnership with Pujara. "We took it session by session. Myself and Pujara decided to bat as long as possible because on this wicket, batsman coming in will find it a little difficult."

He said that occupying sessions and time was a conscious effort by him and his partner. The turn being offered by the wicket was not consistent, he said, and the unpredictability meant that the batsmen couldn't take it easy against the spinners.

Despite that, Vijay and Pujara scored 140 runs against the spinners Xavier Doherty and Glenn Maxwell in 36 overs, and punished David Warner's part-time leg spin for 14 in a single over.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • rosh280 on March 5, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Vijay is a great opener. he is really in form. he has average of 50 in first class matches and list A matches. he has 20 centuries and 25 half centuries to his credit. he has almost 900 boundaries and 120 sixes in first class matches. he played lot of matches when india A toured many foreign countries like australia, west indies. ambati rayudu or c m gowtham or manish pandey, mayank agarwal could be the best replacement for sachin. there are some people say different statistics about vijay he has only 17.25. it may be in the notes of them they gimmick this percentage. headlines today sports reporter was saying vijay is just a player i am telling them to sit and watch his matches.? I really feel at present indian selection is great they have to find some fast bowlers. ojha and vishal joshi should be tried in spin bowling. pankaj singh, sidharth kaul,ishwar pandey should be given chance in fast bowling.

  • on March 5, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    All said and appreciated, I think the captain needs a special mention. He just wanted a result, the way he batted. He could very well have scored another century, if he had stayed at the wicket, and have been patient But he played for the team and for the country more than for his individual glory.

  • on March 5, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    "YEAH certainly a nice ing played by both of these guys.And congrats to India I winning this Hyderabad test!"...

  • on March 5, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Good innings by VIJAY....iam a big fan of his..!!!...nw the only concern is that..can he cponsistently keep on peforming the way he has done is dis game..??...can he continously show that temparament..??...can he stay at the wicket as long as he did ijn this match..???....if he does that(which i hope and pray).....he'll be there for a longer period of time....well played..carry on the same way...!!!!

  • kumarsSansai on March 5, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    @Melvin John so you think vijay should out from team and your spinner to whom you saying toothless who make vijay to hit century are eligible in aus team.

    funny man. first think and say hope u understand

  • Temuzin on March 4, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Posted by rajattiwaari on (March 3, 2013, 16:01 GMT) Mind boggling decision by selectors to pick a guy who averages 17.25 this domestic season. Players like shikhar dhawan ,ajinkya ,badrinath ,manoj tiwary must be cursing their luck(and perhaps cursing slelctors too!!)

    It seems these players will be cursing their luck and selectors for long time to come. I can see only Dhawan getting some chances in place of sehwag till unmukt Chand is drafted in. Rahne may play once Tendulkar retires but Tiwari stands no chance. He is not a big test player either. I remember him playing in Australia last time where he was all at sea against pace bowling..

  • ramli on March 4, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Vijay succeeded now .. let us appreciate that and see how he shapes up from here ... In Rahane's case, I think he is rated as a middle order test batsman and as an opener in ODIs ... just like SRT ... Rahane will certainly bat when we tour abroad ... there we keep only four bowlers in XI... Jadeja's place will go to Rahane ... wait till then ...

  • on March 4, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    to mr rajattiwaari & Rahul Bose , why y guys are so worried about VIJAYS performance , Vijay last two irani cup results ( 256 / 116 ) against ranji champions pushed the selectors to pick him & rightly he deserves the chance for living in bench under the shadow of Viru & Gauti , You guys will sit in front of the TV praying for Vijays & Ashwins Failures , but sadly you guys are disappointed in last 2 tests , Vijay will continue the same & make your worries more , just pray for your tiwary to succeed , dont sing the old song of CSK guys getting in team , its boring

  • on March 4, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    First of all he doesnt deserve a place in the side, this century is nothing, the spin attack is toothless & even worse than a Bangladeshi attack. Maxwell & Doherty are not even good in the first class level.Lets see their first class records, Doherty 122 wickets from 52 matches at an average of 44.56 & Maxwell 27 wickets from 15 matches at 33.81 & this pitch offers nothing for the fast bowlers. Rahane should have been given a chance in the test side he averages 62 that is 16 more than vijay's 46. Dhoni would soon bring all CSK players to the side.

  • on March 4, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Good come back Vijay. but poor statement. Chennai failure is motivated you. Is other failure did not motivated you. In West Indies you got chance in all 3 test. You failed miserably. That is not motivated you. Yes, everyone listenes you when you rose from failure. So pls don't stop, perform well future. There are many youngsters waiting for chance.Perform like Sachin, Dravid,Laxman etc

  • rosh280 on March 5, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Vijay is a great opener. he is really in form. he has average of 50 in first class matches and list A matches. he has 20 centuries and 25 half centuries to his credit. he has almost 900 boundaries and 120 sixes in first class matches. he played lot of matches when india A toured many foreign countries like australia, west indies. ambati rayudu or c m gowtham or manish pandey, mayank agarwal could be the best replacement for sachin. there are some people say different statistics about vijay he has only 17.25. it may be in the notes of them they gimmick this percentage. headlines today sports reporter was saying vijay is just a player i am telling them to sit and watch his matches.? I really feel at present indian selection is great they have to find some fast bowlers. ojha and vishal joshi should be tried in spin bowling. pankaj singh, sidharth kaul,ishwar pandey should be given chance in fast bowling.

  • on March 5, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    All said and appreciated, I think the captain needs a special mention. He just wanted a result, the way he batted. He could very well have scored another century, if he had stayed at the wicket, and have been patient But he played for the team and for the country more than for his individual glory.

  • on March 5, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    "YEAH certainly a nice ing played by both of these guys.And congrats to India I winning this Hyderabad test!"...

  • on March 5, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Good innings by VIJAY....iam a big fan of his..!!!...nw the only concern is that..can he cponsistently keep on peforming the way he has done is dis game..??...can he continously show that temparament..??...can he stay at the wicket as long as he did ijn this match..???....if he does that(which i hope and pray).....he'll be there for a longer period of time....well played..carry on the same way...!!!!

  • kumarsSansai on March 5, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    @Melvin John so you think vijay should out from team and your spinner to whom you saying toothless who make vijay to hit century are eligible in aus team.

    funny man. first think and say hope u understand

  • Temuzin on March 4, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Posted by rajattiwaari on (March 3, 2013, 16:01 GMT) Mind boggling decision by selectors to pick a guy who averages 17.25 this domestic season. Players like shikhar dhawan ,ajinkya ,badrinath ,manoj tiwary must be cursing their luck(and perhaps cursing slelctors too!!)

    It seems these players will be cursing their luck and selectors for long time to come. I can see only Dhawan getting some chances in place of sehwag till unmukt Chand is drafted in. Rahne may play once Tendulkar retires but Tiwari stands no chance. He is not a big test player either. I remember him playing in Australia last time where he was all at sea against pace bowling..

  • ramli on March 4, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Vijay succeeded now .. let us appreciate that and see how he shapes up from here ... In Rahane's case, I think he is rated as a middle order test batsman and as an opener in ODIs ... just like SRT ... Rahane will certainly bat when we tour abroad ... there we keep only four bowlers in XI... Jadeja's place will go to Rahane ... wait till then ...

  • on March 4, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    to mr rajattiwaari & Rahul Bose , why y guys are so worried about VIJAYS performance , Vijay last two irani cup results ( 256 / 116 ) against ranji champions pushed the selectors to pick him & rightly he deserves the chance for living in bench under the shadow of Viru & Gauti , You guys will sit in front of the TV praying for Vijays & Ashwins Failures , but sadly you guys are disappointed in last 2 tests , Vijay will continue the same & make your worries more , just pray for your tiwary to succeed , dont sing the old song of CSK guys getting in team , its boring

  • on March 4, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    First of all he doesnt deserve a place in the side, this century is nothing, the spin attack is toothless & even worse than a Bangladeshi attack. Maxwell & Doherty are not even good in the first class level.Lets see their first class records, Doherty 122 wickets from 52 matches at an average of 44.56 & Maxwell 27 wickets from 15 matches at 33.81 & this pitch offers nothing for the fast bowlers. Rahane should have been given a chance in the test side he averages 62 that is 16 more than vijay's 46. Dhoni would soon bring all CSK players to the side.

  • on March 4, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Good come back Vijay. but poor statement. Chennai failure is motivated you. Is other failure did not motivated you. In West Indies you got chance in all 3 test. You failed miserably. That is not motivated you. Yes, everyone listenes you when you rose from failure. So pls don't stop, perform well future. There are many youngsters waiting for chance.Perform like Sachin, Dravid,Laxman etc

  • kingcobra85 on March 4, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @InsideHedge Virat Kohli averaged in single digits during that series so should you brand him as a test failure as well ?

  • on March 4, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Vijay, R & Jadeja are great fielders Kohl i Pujara and Ashwin justify their places Dhoni has lot of plus points build the team among these players who justify their places.

  • on March 4, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    To TN fans - it is an Indian team not Tamil Nadu Ranji team

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 4, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @TRAM LOL. Utter Rubbish. Do you even know how laxman started his career and his stats as opener against AUS in Aus or SA? I am sure you have not been watching cricket since mid 90s other wise you would realize that dravid / sachin almost batted as openers (and wasn't sachin opening in odis?) Even in their last tour to SA that was the case.

    As i already said i would rate vijay ahead of tiwary but we have given him num of chances (even badrinath deserves more chances than what vijay got).

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 4, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    He is a good timer of the ball but very inconsistent even in subcontinent. Steyn found out him repeatedly in india. But he is far better than Manoj tiwary(i know i have hurt some fans) But i wouldn't select them in SA. They should have played in A tours first to prove that they are good overseas too.

  • Edassery on March 4, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Let's wait till his performance abroad in test matches before showering praises. People like Vijay & Dhoni (and many others) are great in pitches where the ball comes at knee height. I haven't started believing even Pujara until he plays in South Africa later this year, forget alone Vijay.

  • aussie_cricket_lover on March 4, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Hey, Indian cricket fans...

    Don't argue among yourselves.

    You have a wonderful team at the moment and are playing all over us Aussies.

    We're doing our best but you're just too good right now.

    Seems like you have a wealth of super batsmen up there. Please send some down our way! ;-)

    Cheers from Down Under.

  • ssenthil on March 4, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    M Vijay gone for 167. Nevertheless well player despite missing a double century in offer. If he can repeat such a Innings again in this series, then, he should be on the tour for SA. But he need to prove once again, he has consistency not only a big score here and there, but he has already involved in 3 big partnership in 14 tests. That is great.

  • Shan156 on March 4, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    I always thought Vijay was a solid test player. So, it was a surprise when I saw him blasting away in the IPL (I believe it was the 2010 version where he made a super fast ton). After the first test, I thought the T20 game had affected his test credentials and it looked that way in the first test. But, glad he proved me wrong. I believe he also scored a ton in the Irani trophy final which ensured his selection for this test series. With Gambhir sidelined and Sehwag not looking like he will continue for long, this provides Vijay a great opportunity to cement the opening position. But, this superb century may not be sufficient to ensure his place what with Dhawan and Rahane pushing hard for a place. He needs to take this form into the remaining matches in this series and he may have earned himself a place in the touring party to SA as part of the starting XI.

  • RajeshNaik on March 4, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Vijay's selection was a good one. Whenever he was asked to play in the absence of either Sehwag or Gambhir, he has always done well in India. Agreed, there were no big scores on a regular basis. But what can not be denied is he succeeded on a regular basis to give good starts to the team, with his 30s and 40s. It is not easy to remain prepared and perform consistently when one knows that you are playing only because the regular opener is not available for 1-2 matches and irrespective of the runs you score you will have to make way whenever the regular guy comes back. And from 2008, Vijay has done well in India. There were no reasons to not select him. Hope he puts his head down and continues to do well. It is time, India looked for alternatives to Gambhir and Sehwag. If Vijay could be one of those alternates, then nothing better. There is a guy opening for Karnataka, by the name K L Rahul. If he manages to come through the ranks in next 2 years, then that would be encouraging.

  • on March 4, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    proud to see my state player mr.vijay doing good in this test when the opening slots were dominated last decade by the delhi duo. hope and pray he gets his due oppurtunity to don indian colours in future and achieve more to stimulate further growth of cricket in my state. CONGRATS VIJAY !YOU MADE US ALL PROUD AND DO MAKE US FEEL SO AGAIN AND AGAIN!

  • vswami on March 4, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    To those who say he cant bat on fast tracks, he was player of the series in Champions Trophy in South Africa a couple of years ago for CSK. Thats not an indication of his success at test level, but is an indication that he can play there. Against 150K pace on fast tracks, if its challenging for Vijay, so is it for Dhawan or anyone else. Gambhir and Sehwag have struggled for 2 years, and some people dont want to give Vijay a go even for 2 tests.

  • gulam8988 on March 4, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Actually IPL fear motivated VIJAY.....

  • on March 4, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    Go Vijay go Tamil Nadu. Now all we need is Badri in the team for South Africa and Mukund then we will have 4 TN representatives. Go Tamil Nadu Cricket.

  • sportofpain on March 4, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    Some Indian fans are so so fickle - even now people say he is not test standard@Anand Singh - how many test runs have you scored? @InsideHedge - what makes you the expert to judge Vijay's ability on pacy tracks? Shouldn't you leave that to the selectors who have actually played at the highest level. @Balaji Kumar - well said buddy. Let's hope he meets with lots of success. And to the selectors - kudos for betting on talent despite indifferent form this Ranji season

  • InsideHedge on March 3, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    @TRAM: Wit all due respect one could ask YOU how much you know about cricket. Since when was Srikkanth a good opener and one who could be bracketed with Gavaskar and Sehwag? Gee, let me guess which part of India you're from. Murali Vijay's runs have all been in India and we'll give him credit for that but the man struggled on dead Wndies tracks against a pretty average attack. This ton means he'll now be given a long rope and we'll soon find out how if he has learned anything from the Windies experience, I would love to be wrong.

  • here2rock on March 3, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    I am a big fan of Murali Vijay, it is great to see him score some runs. It also show that Ranji Trophy form is not a great guide to Test Match cricket. I like the fighting spirit and calmness he brings to this Indian side, wishing him a long career at the openers slot.

  • MinusZero on March 3, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Vijay has shown restraint to build a big innings. Thats the problem with Australian batsmen. It isnt enough to get runs, they have to be gotten quickly. Leave that to Sehwag and learn patience once again.

  • AvidCricFan on March 3, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    I had more faith in Vijay delivering goods than Shewag. Hope he learns and matures on how to score and build long innings in test cricket. His basic technique of playing pace is fine. His shot selection is what is causing issues. If he can curtail playing risky shots until he is settled, I have no doubt about his success.

  • ibbotsoni on March 3, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    people were having a right go at him, and now all that's forgottenn. fickle...

  • TRAM on March 3, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    During 1st test I commented "Vijay bashers will continue to bash him even if he scores century". Here are the proofs! Some are still saying "why Vijay was selected on the first place", "oh he cant play overseas", blah blah.. as if others from India have scored centuries in the last 2 years and that too in pacy tracks !! And there are stupid comparisons of Vijay versus middle order batsmen ! Do these people even know cricket? I challenge all those great "old-ball players" (the middle order batsmen I mean) to take up opening slot in TEST and face new ball from Styn/Pattinson etc. Yes, not even the so called "greats" SRT, Dravid, VVS, etc did that (leave alone Kholi's, Pujaras, Rahane's, Dhonis, etc). My point: Openers are openers. Dont compare them with others. India rarely had good openers such as Gavaskar, Srikkanth, Sehwag. As ragards Sehwag, his strength was his eye and reflex. Unfortunately he has neither now. The dropped catches & manner of getting outs prove his late reactions.

  • on March 3, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    @vakkaraju yes but vijay;s technique is weak against the rising deliveries,he is not test standard

  • ARad on March 3, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    When I watched Vijay on his debut, I expected a lot of him but never expected him to become a T20 player. He had style, all the shots and, most importantly, temperament. Unfortunately, since he became an IPL regular, his shot selection and lack of patience have been his downfall... I would like to see how he would perform in tracks where backfoot play, foot movement, playing the ball and softer hands are necessary. He has shown that he has the skills to do all of this so I would like to see him challenging himself in the same way he has done before this Test. If he remembers his Chennai performance before he goes to bat each time, he could have a wonderful Test career. Good luck!

  • InsideHedge on March 3, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Well done to him and I like his determination/thought process....BUT...I still think he's not good enough on wickets offering even a smattering of pace. In the IPL, a format where you rarely have to face an entire quota of 4 overs from an opening bowler, Vijay struggled to land bat on ball against Steyn. How do you think he'll fare in SA? 1st thing 1st, this Test is not done and dusted, they still have some work to do so that our bowlers have plenty of runs and time, allowing even the ultra conservative MSD to employ attacking fields.

  • on March 3, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Amazing innings from an AWESOME guy. I hope you get to open for India for many more years. Congratulations and looking good for 150+. Please embrace test cricket and continue to work hard at your game. You will see the rewards !! God bless.

  • sweetspot on March 3, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    A lot of people are still unhappy with Vijay, because they feel he is undeserving of selection. Forget about all the statistical bull. Let's appreciate an inspired selection from the selection committee that provided India with yet another option. To me, the best part about this innings from Vijay was that he was batting out of character. This is not what comes naturally to him, and yet he adapted very very well, before hitting a few like he is naturally talented to do.

    A little different for Pujara, we expect him to play exactly like he did today. Together, they managed to grind the Aussies. Why not be happy about that as a good day for Indian Test cricket instead of whining about who deserves what? Vijay has delivered - end of argument for now, please.

  • thinkgood on March 3, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Good job Vijay. Show some consistency and you are in Indian team for good in place of Sehwag. Good luck !

  • androyuvi on March 3, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Its indeed a pleasing innings. Vijay is sending us messages now and then saying "Don't write me off". I really wish him all the luck to score lots and lots in this series and do justice to his selection. Hope he walks away for T20/IPL to work on Test cricket. He is such a class and stylish player. Hope he gets it good this time.

  • rajattiwaari on March 3, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    @vivek: But Rahane went to australia as a "specialist opener" -remember?? then the selection panel changed and suddenly rahane became a middle order batsman. My point is : Why players doing exceptionally well in domestic cricket are not rewarded?? On what basis bhajji and vijay were picked again. Vijay has now justified his place but what were selectors thinking??

  • vakkaraju on March 3, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    @rajattiwaari, Statistics are like a bikini. They hide important information. Lucky the selectors can spot talent and temperament. Murali is a good batsman, he just needs to remember the lessons from this going forward. A long 100 is better than a flashy 30.

  • rajattiwaari on March 3, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    @davidpk and @catsalive: yes he made a ton today and congrats to him for that. But some players have made into this playing XI on the virtue of favouritism and not beacause of their talent . 2-3 players in this team are not a long term solution. Vijay being one of them.

  • on March 3, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    good inning after flop show in domestic cricket. Keep hands together with Dhoni u have long career.

  • on March 3, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    @Sarathy PB, you must be be the first person in the universe to say Sachin lack power. Just search for some good videos of Sachin and see whether he has power or not

  • on March 3, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    @rajattiwaari - Rahane, Badri and Manoj Tiwary must be cursing the selectors but not for picking Vijay - they are all middle order batsmen remember? Rahane batted at no 4 this season looking to replace Sachin Tendulkar once he decides to retire.

    There is nothing much to choose between Dhawan and Vijay...The unluckiest of the lot would be Badri since time is also running out for him. Manoj Tiwari has age on his side.

  • on March 3, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Congrats vijay for stupendous effort..ll.carry on the great work vijay...I think ur new entrant to ur life has brought u lot of luck! Thank him!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 3, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Awesome innings from Vijay, highlighting in the starkest contrast the Gulf that lies between these two teams. He was very patient, then expolded at carefully calculated moments, with an acceleration towards the latter part of the day. A thoroughly enjoyable innings to watch, well batted.

  • bumsonseats on March 3, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    rajattiwaari its not his fault that hes been lucky enough to be selected to play against the aussies, just think that if he was selected to play against england, he may now not be playing, thus allowing some of your selections to play.

  • on March 3, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Not many many ppl have a great technique just playing with straight bat... But vijay is a player of that sort of technique... In 1st test he was trying to be over aggresive tats the reason see the new ball off and hard work pays off.... I think viru had a long run he is avg mere 29 in last 2 years.....In shikkar must debut in 3rd test n he must play 4th test also despite his result..... Players must be given time.... Its dhonis confidence in vijay is the reason for vijays taste of success today....

  • catsalive on March 3, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    @rajattiwaari, the decision was simple, Vijay is a more classy player and he has proved it today

  • on March 3, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Congrats Murali....waiting for your double century, I dont remember who scored the last double century for India from TN so kindly make it.......

  • rajattiwaari on March 3, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Mind boggling decision by selectors to pick a guy who averages 17.25 this domestic season. Players like shikhar dhawan ,ajinkya ,badrinath ,manoj tiwary must be cursing their luck(and perhaps cursing slelctors too!!)

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Good Job Done guys!!! Keep up the good work

  • Rahulbose on March 3, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    He was selected and picked ahead of Gambhir and Dhawan because he plays for CSK. He failed in Chennai because Pattinson was bowling too quick for him. Gavaskar said it best, M Vijay is a good wicket player only.

  • Rahulbose on March 3, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    He was selected and picked ahead of Gambhir and Dhawan because he plays for CSK. He failed in Chennai because Pattinson was bowling too quick for him. Gavaskar said it best, M Vijay is a good wicket player only.

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Good Job Done guys!!! Keep up the good work

  • rajattiwaari on March 3, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Mind boggling decision by selectors to pick a guy who averages 17.25 this domestic season. Players like shikhar dhawan ,ajinkya ,badrinath ,manoj tiwary must be cursing their luck(and perhaps cursing slelctors too!!)

  • on March 3, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Congrats Murali....waiting for your double century, I dont remember who scored the last double century for India from TN so kindly make it.......

  • catsalive on March 3, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    @rajattiwaari, the decision was simple, Vijay is a more classy player and he has proved it today

  • on March 3, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Not many many ppl have a great technique just playing with straight bat... But vijay is a player of that sort of technique... In 1st test he was trying to be over aggresive tats the reason see the new ball off and hard work pays off.... I think viru had a long run he is avg mere 29 in last 2 years.....In shikkar must debut in 3rd test n he must play 4th test also despite his result..... Players must be given time.... Its dhonis confidence in vijay is the reason for vijays taste of success today....

  • bumsonseats on March 3, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    rajattiwaari its not his fault that hes been lucky enough to be selected to play against the aussies, just think that if he was selected to play against england, he may now not be playing, thus allowing some of your selections to play.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 3, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Awesome innings from Vijay, highlighting in the starkest contrast the Gulf that lies between these two teams. He was very patient, then expolded at carefully calculated moments, with an acceleration towards the latter part of the day. A thoroughly enjoyable innings to watch, well batted.