Was expecting ODI call up after Test success: Vijay
Looking to grab the Zimbabwe opportunity with both hands, Indian opener Murali Vijay said that he was certainly expecting a call up in the ODI squad after putting in some effort in 32 Test appearances since 2008.
On board to tour Zimbabwe for a three ODI and two T20 match series, Vijay is part of a second string 15-member Indian squad led by Ajinkya Rahane. The Tamil Nadu opener is happy to make an ODI comeback after two years when he last played against Sri Lanka.
“It is a happy feeling to make a comeback to ODIs. I have been batting well in Tests, so I just have to grab the opportunity that has come my way. As a <g data-gr-id="23">player</g> I was expecting the call-up. I was the third opener for four series, including the 2013 Champions Trophy, but could not get a game,” Vijay told ESPNcricinfo.
“I have always believed in myself. It is not about competing with anybody. I always compete with myself and I look to improve as far as I can. It is not that I am going to play as a third opener and be happy. I will never be happy. I have always wanted to be the leading batsman for Indian cricket,” he added.
Sans a half-century in the 14 ODIs that he has played for India, Vijay dismisses any talk of self-doubt regarding his game.