When the Indian Test opener Murali Vijay wasn’t picked in the IPL Auctions on an opening day, he started getting calls to play in the English County League just like other Indian Test players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma. However, he was picked later in the day and came back with the Chennai Super Kings. He recalled it with a hearty laugh.
“A lot of people approached me especially after the first day of the IPL auctions when I went unsold (starts laughing),” Vijay said at a promotional event today.
He was asked whether he would like to play in the County Championship ahead of the English tour.
“As for the county stint, there are a lot of procedures involved and we have to wait. There is a lot of time before the England and Australia assignments. Being a professional, I am confident of making the necessary adjustments and put up a better show on those two tours,” he added.
Vijay who was part of Chennai Super Kings earlier moved to play for the Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for me to be back with CSK. I feel blessed to be picked by CSK. One good thing about CSK is that every individual puts the team’s interests ahead of his own. It’s important in franchise cricket for the overseas players and local players to strike right rapport and pull in the same direction. We would want to carry that into this year as well and play with fun and flair,” Vijay said.
He described playing for CSK as one of the greatest experiences and a dream come true. He further added that he is ready to play T20 cricket despite not playing white ball cricket for a while.
“To perform well and put up a good show for CSK is always a pleasure and I think I am good enough to do that. I am ready to play in the T20 format and I can’t wait for the opening match against Mumbai Indians,” he added.
Speaking on India’s performance in the Rainbow Nation, Vijay said that the Virat Kohli led team performed very well but there is still room improvement.
“The team did a great job in South Africa. Unfortunately, we just fell short in the Test series. We thought the effort level was fantastic from the bowlers. It’s just that the batsmen let the team down. But we bounced back well to win the third Test. If it was a five-Test series, it could have been interesting from my perspective,” Vijay added.