Cape Town: Flexibility is the key while preparing for a difficult assignment and that's precisely the reason why senior opener Murali Vijay has done his homework with an "open mind" compared to his previous tours of South Africa.
"I am preparing myself to be a little more open-minded than I was last time. You cannot have a set pattern you cannot go into a Test thinking that you are going to leave so many balls. You also have to be in a frame of mind to score runs," Vijay said during a media interaction after training session.
"If they bowl in good areas, then you have to try and counter that and come out stronger as well. These are the things I think which will be critical for us to move forward.
I just want to go out there and whatever is thrown at me, I just want to play my 'A' game and do well for my country," Vijay added.
The bouncy tracks of South Africa has been the talking point of India's upcoming Test series but Vijay reckons that managing the bounce is easier for an opener compared to swing where a batsman tends to lose his shape.
The pitch at Newlands has liberal covering of green promising good bounce and carry throughout the game.