Nottingham: Elated at scoring his maiden overseas hundred and fourth of his career, Indian opener Murali Vijay today said his fine effort on the opening day of the first Test against England here was a dream come true for him.
Vijay remained unbeaten on 122 at stumps on day one today, taking India to 259/4 after the visitors had won the toss and elected to bat first. “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,” said Vijay at the press conference after the day’s play.
Vijay 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, knowing that the runs will come.
“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 said.
“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 and this is what I have been working on all this while. Once you get set and the rhythm gets going, you enjoy in the middle,” he added.