Former Indian team director Ravi Shastri heaped praises for Indian opener Murali Vijay. When Vijay gifted his wicket at the stroke of lunch on Day 3 of the Ranchi Test against Australia, Shashtri said, “He would be disappointed with that”.
Explaining his first meeting with Vijay during a chat with Sportstar, Shashtri said, “You know, I told him when I saw him first that he is a 20-Test-hundred man. Vijay’s that good.”
This was the 50th Test match of the 32-year-old Vijay's career and if he had managed to score a ton then he would have capped the occasion. Shastri said, “But he will play a lot more Tests, get a lot more runs."
Sharing his conversations with Vijay during his tenure as Indian team director, Shastri said, “We’ve had long conversations about batting in different conditions. The talks were engaging. Vijay is very focused. He’s a fine ‘leaver’ of the ball, handles the short ball well. For an opener, he is a terrific player of spin. He’s just a solid player who makes runs in all conditions.”
When Shastri was the Director of Team India, Vijay had managed to score 482 runs at an average of 60.25 in four Tests down under in the 2014-15 series. This included a high-quality first day144 against Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood at Brisbane.
Even in the difficult conditions on away soil, Vijay played an Innings of 97 in Durban and 146 at Nottingham and helped his team to stay in the game. Talking about the same, Shastri said, “Vijay handles pressure well, can change the tempo. And he’s a team man.”
In his Test career so far Vijay has scored 3389 runs in 85 innings at an average of 40.34 with nine centuries. Talking about Vijay's temperament, Shastri said, "Vijay is mentally strong, will be around for some more time.”