Confident Vijay striving for consistency
Stylish opening batsman Murali Vijay is slowly finding his feet in the colours of his new IPL team, Delhi Daredevils, and says he wants to be consistent and finish off more games.
After playing for Chennai Super Kings, IPL's most decorated team, for five years, Vijay is opening this season for Delhi. After three quiet innings, he is slowly making a mark. He scored 52 against Sunrisers Hyderabad before a fine 40, which helped his side beat Mumbai Indians.
"I want to be more consistent in my performances. I am working on that aspect. As far as my batting is concerned, I have been batting well. Once I get consistency in my batting, I will get going," said Vijay, talking about his experience so far with the Daredevils.
"I have been batting pretty well in the domestic season and have been hitting the ball really well. I just want to carry forward my good form to this IPL season. I am happy that my contribution has helped my team win (against Mumbai)," he said.
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'I should have won the match'
Vijay found his rhythm against Mumbai but got out while unnecessarily trying to slog Rohit Sharma.
Not surprisingly, he was disappointed.
"I should have won the match from there. There was no pressure on the team and on myself. I know I should have finished the game being the set batsman. I knew the batsmen coming in would find it difficult. I will try and finish the next game for the team," the Tamil Nadu batsman was quoted as saying by the IPL official website.
Vijay also spoke about the uncomplicated methods of the Delhi team which allows every player to play freely.
"Kevin Pietersen and the Daredevils have a simple game plan. No one in this line-up has to be told anything because everyone in the team has played some level of international cricket. KP definitely brings a lot of experience to the team and it is good to be around with some good players," he said.
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'Hopefully we can take this momentum into the India leg of the tournament'
Vijay played for Chennai all these years before joining Delhi, but says he loves his new dressing room as well.
"I played for five years for Chennai Super Kings and it is going to be a different feeling for me in Delhi Daredevils dressing room. But the boys in the team are really good and we are looking forward to having a good season.
"We have nine more games to go and hopefully we can take this winning momentum into the India leg of the tournament," he said.
Delhi ended their UAE leg of the IPL on a high note.
They next play Rajasthan Royals at their home ground, the Ferozeshah Kotla, on May 3.
Image: Mohammad Shami celebrates after a wicket