Murali Vijay not fretting over India Test comeback: I play cricket for sheer passion

first_imgMurali Vijay last played a Test for India in December 2018 but the absence from the senior national team is not going to affect the Tamil Nadu opener from enjoying the game.Murali Vijay is no longer a regular feature in the Test side as he was dropped after ordinary outings during India’s tour to Australia and England in the 2018-19 season. In difficult conditions for batting on the road, Vijay’s average dipped to 18.80 in 2018 with his highest score over 4 Tests in England and Australia reading 20.Nonetheless, Murali Vijay is looking forward to stint in the county after Somerset offered him an opportunity to play the last 3 matches of the Specsavers County Championship season. The out-of-favour India opener is heading to the UK as replacement for Pakistan opener Azhar Ali.Vijay was in good form in the recently-concluded Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) season. Vijay scored 359 runs, including a hundred, in 4 T20 matches while plying his trade for Ruby Trichy Warriors.Speaking to the press days ahead of his Somerset sint, Vijay said he is not putting pressure on himself by thinking about the India comeback and is rather focussed on contributing to whichever team he plays for in the near future.”I play cricket just for pride and sheer passion for it. I do not look forward to playing 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 to the teams I play for,” Vijay was quoted as saying by ANI.advertisement”This is what I have done over a period of 15 years. So, obviously, nothing changes in that aspect of it. But obviously, opportunities create more experience and I am looking forward to one,” the India opener said.Vijay, who shone for Essex during the last season of Specsavers County Championship, is staring at an uphill task, when considering a potential return to the senior national team. The senior selection committee is certainly looking ahead and the likes of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul are certainly going to get the nod ahead of the 35-year-old opener from Tamil Nadu.”Of course, I am saying that I do not put any limitations on my dream. I have given four comebacks 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,” Vijay said.Also Read | ICC Test rankings: Virat Kohli likely to maintain lead in duel with Steve Smith for top spotAlso see:last_img

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