Vijay happy to be back in runs

After a poor Ranji season, the Tamil Nadu opener struck a hundred in the Irani Cup.

Report: Day 1 | Sehwag's Delhi's belly

Murali Vijay scored 116.MUMBAI: Murali Vijay hates being addressed by his first name, which, he clarifies, belongs more to his father than to him. But on Wednesday at the Wankhede Stadium, the Rest of India opener all-but-ignored several such utterances that would have otherwise caused him to foam at the mouth.

The reason was simple. After an exceptionally poor Ranji Trophy season, Vijay was finally among the runs in the Irani Cup against Mumbai. Vijay scored 116 on the first day of the contest – his 11th First Class hundred – more than doubling his highest score in the last domestic calendar.

“This is a big game for me and I am taking it as a challenge. I was just playing positive cricket and I always enjoy my batting,” he said.

The knock is a timely one. Australia tour India for four Test matches beginning late February, with India still unsure about their opening batting combination.

Vijay, who has played 12 Tests for India, spent the better part of the England series last year on the bench as third-choice opener.

“It’s frustrating to be on the bench, but it’s a challenge too. One has to move forward and whenever I get another opportunity I will seize it,” he said of his chances of making the national squad again.

It was not all milk and honey for the centurion. Vijay was all at sea early in his knock and was caught behind off a Shardul Thakur no ball when he had scored 79.

“There was something in the wicket. It could have gone either way in the morning, but today was our day.  Mumbai are the most successful domestic team, so they obviously have a good attack,” he said.

Vijay admitted his dismissal – bowled playing across to Abhishek Nayar – had been a lazy one.

“I was lazy. I could have played straighter to that ball.”

Mumbai’s breakthrough artiste Nayar, meanwhile, came in for praise from coach Sulakshan Kulkarni.

“He (Nayar) knows how to dismiss set batsmen. (Shardul) Thakur and Javed (Khan) are young bowlers who need more experience. They have been bowling well prior to this game and they will learn as they play more,” he added.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

On Now: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils

On Now: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils

IPL7, MATCH 8—Raina-led middle-order lifts Chennai to 177-7. More »

Bowling worries for Super Kings

Bowling worries for Super Kings

After failing to defend a mammoth 205 against Kings XI Punjab, Chennai have a lot to think about. More »

Punjab pull off another big chase

Punjab pull off another big chase

GAME 7, SHARJAH—Maxwell, Miller, Pujara chase down Rajasthan's 192. More »

T20 test for Cheteshwar Pujara

T20 test for Cheteshwar Pujara

The class act from Saurashtra may have to rethink his approach to the mannerless format. More »

BCCI reputation lowest in 80 years: Manohar

BCCI reputation lowest in 80 years: Manohar

The former BCCI president says he was "disillusioned" by the happenings at the emergent working committee meeting on Sunday. More »

Special meeting to replace Srinivasan

Special meeting to replace Srinivasan

The BCCI is likely to convene a special general body meeting (SGM) in May to replace N Srinivasan on the board's disciplinary committee. More »

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Some members stressed on the need for proposing names with an "impeccable record and clean image". More »

Roach escapes injury after car crash

Roach escapes injury after car crash

The West Indies fast bowler lost control of his BMW sedan due to slippery road conditions in his native Barbados on Saturday. More »

Panel can help clean mess: Raghavan

Panel can help clean mess: Raghavan

The former CBI Director is one of the three candidates proposed by the BCCI to head the enquiry into the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal. More »

Cook relieved after period in limbo

Cook relieved after period in limbo

The England captain is looking forward to a fresh start after a dispiriting Ashes defeat last year. More »

[INTERVIEW] Jayawardene and Sangakkara

[INTERVIEW] Jayawardene and Sangakkara

Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara go over their World T20 win, and feel grateful to have fans whose support remains unwavering in victory and de… More »

Repose faith in Indian coaches

Repose faith in Indian coaches

All of them cost plenty of dollars which I feel is unnecessary for a two- month tournament, says former cricketer Yajurvindra Singh. More »

Need to improve fielding: Ashwin

Need to improve fielding: Ashwin

[T20 Newsline] Lacklustre Super Kings, fast-improving Sanju Samson and other news from IPL-7. More »

Aussie coach joins emerging Afghanistan

Aussie coach joins emerging Afghanistan

Peter Anderson has started work in Kabul as the fast-developing team prepare for their debut at next year's World Cup. More »

Chaos threatens to engulf SL again

Chaos threatens to engulf SL again

As Lanka's head coach decides to jump ship, euphoria over winning an ICC tournament has dissipated into fuistration. More »

Jayasuriya unhappy at Farbrace conduct

Jayasuriya unhappy at Farbrace conduct

Sri Lanka's chief selector is upset at news of head coach Paul Farbrace's possible move to England. More »

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

The Nawab of Najafgarh says a good run in IPL could help his chances of a comeback on India's tour to England in June. More »

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Furious fifties by Duminy and Dinesh Karthik end a long losing streak for the Daredevils. More »

Five things England must do to bounce back

Five things England must do to bounce back

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

‘Felt like helpless minority’

‘Felt like helpless minority’

Former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke says emotions got the better of Srinivasan and he tried to oversimplify things by calling Meiyappan an “enthusiast.” More »

Royal test for Kings

Royal test for Kings

Preview — Clash of philosophies between Australia-centric teams More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

The world record that nearly wasn't

The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »