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Murali Vijay's patience pays off!

July 10, 2014 10:31 IST

Murali Vijay's patience pays off!

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Indian opener Murali Vijay was elated at scoring his maiden overseas hundred. It was also the fourth ton of his career. He said his fine effort on the opening day of the first Test against England in Nottingham was a dream come true for him.

PHOTOS: Vijay's ton gives India the edge on Day 1

The right-handed batsman remained unbeaten on 122 at stumps on day one on Wednesday, taking India to 259/4 after the visitors had won the toss and elected to bat first.

The Tamil Nadu lad had been getting starts in his last eight Test innings in South Africa and New Zealand, but yielded only one half century. It was something that perhaps played on his mind, but the batsman said that he did not change his approach.

"I had been hitting the ball well in practice games and in the nets. So I was in a positive frame of mind and wanted to give the team a good start. The pitch was good to bat on and I wanted to cash in this opportunity. I have dreamt of this and it is a happy feeling for me," Vijay said.

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Image: Murali Vijay of India celebrates his century during day one of the 1st Test between England and India at Trent Bridge
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'Once you get set and the rhythm gets going, you enjoy in the middle'

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"I cannot make any excuses for what happened there. I did get some good balls and I got out but at the end of the day the runs were not there on the board. So I learnt from that and I moved forward without thinking too much about it," he added.

"Patience is something that I have been working on. You need to bide your time at the crease and not be in a hurry. It is a five-day game and you want to tire the opposition out. So that has been my game-plan. Once you get set and the rhythm gets going, you enjoy in the middle," added the 30-year-old.

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Image: Murali Vijay on the way to his hundred
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'We are not worried about their reverse swing'

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While Vijay was stroking his way through to the century, things started to go wrong for India in the second session when two quick wickets fell. But he added 71 runs with Ajinkya Rahane and then 81 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to help India to safety.

"After lunch it was reversing a bit and it was also a little windy. Anderson and Broad got the ball to move around a bit and we lost a couple of wickets as a result. So we had to regroup. We are not worried about their reverse swing because we have seen them deploy it in the past series and we have prepared for it," he said.

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Image: Murali Vijay celebrates after scoring a hundred on Day 1
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'I was not anxious'

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Asked if he was anxious to get to his hundred after staying on 99 for quite some time, he said, "No, I was not anxious. The bowlers were trying to bounce me, so I was just seeing it off. That's all."

There has been a lot of talk about the pitch in the English camp. But as a batsman the Indian centurion seemed content.

"It is a good wicket for your first day of a Test series in England. The ball is easily coming to the bat. People have spoken about cloud cover and the ball swinging, so hopefully we will see that when it is our turn to bowl," Vijay said.


Image: James Anderson celebrates with Ian Bell and Joe Root
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