Murali Vijay | Tamil Nadu
Murali Vijay. Credit: Getty Images

India opener Murali Vijay has been out of the Test side for quite some time now. With young cricketers seizing their opportunity the road for the comeback looks tough for Vijay. The Tamil Nadu-born cricketer himself said that he is not focusing on making a return and instead wants to play for pride.

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Want to contribute in different ways: Vijay

Vijay struggled to find his form since 2018 and had a poor run in South Africa and England. Later, the selectors dropped him from the squad but made a return during the Australia series owing to a stellar show in the County. But once again failed at the highest level and eventually was left out of the team.

I Play Cricket Just For Pride And Sheer Passion For It, Says Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay. (Credits: BCCI)

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The young opening duo of Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw alongside KL Rahul made full utilisation of the opportunity. As a result, the job looks tough for Murali Vijay. The 61 Tests veteran said that he plays cricket for pride and sheer passion and is not looking forward to returning to the Indian team.

“I play cricket just for pride and sheer passion for it. I do not look forward to play for India or world level. My funda is to play cricket at a higher level. So, any cricket is good for me and I am looking forward to contributing for the teams I play for,” Vijay said.

I Play Cricket Just For Pride And Sheer Passion For It, Says Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay. Credit: BCCI

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Murali Vijay is also a part of the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. The 35-year-old expressed his desire of playing for India but added that he can contribute to the sport in other ways as well.

“Of course, I am saying that I do not put any limitation on my dream. I have given four come back (to Indian cricket team) and there is no pressure. I know how to do that and I want to contribute in whichever team I play for. I want to make the team win and also get the youngsters in the right mindset. So, these are the contribution I can give to cricket,” Vijay concluded.

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Ankush Das

I am an accountant by qualification, my parents thought their obedient son would study further to become a CA, but I had other things in mind. An ardent Cricket fan is following his passion and making a living watching and working around his favorite sport.