I was de­ter­mined to give my best, says Vi­jay

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NAGPUR: In­dia opener Mu­rali Vi­jay on Satur­day ad­mit­ted that it is not easy to be ig­nored de­spite bat­ting well but said as a pro­fes­sional he has ac­cepted that and wants to con­trib­ute when­ever given a chance.

Vi­jay, 33, scored a sub­lime 128 (221b; 11x4, 1x6) on the sec­ond of In­dia's sec­ond Test against Sri Lanka to help the hosts take a 107-run lead with Pu­jara bat­ting on 121 and skip­per Vi­rat Kohli join­ing him (54 bat­ting).

Sri Lanka could man­age only 205 in their first in­nings after win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat.

"I feel as a pro­fes­sional you should al­ways be ready whether you get a chance or not. You should be ready from in­side, eye­ing to get a chance. So when­ever you get that chance, you are at least not lack­ing on that as­pect (men­tal prepa­ra­tion). You can be fully aware of what's hap­pen­ing and what's go­ing to hap­pen," Vi­jay told re­porters at the post-match press con­fer­ence.

"It is dif­fi­cult but I am used to it by now. I just wanted to con­trib­ute when­ever I get an op­por­tu­nity to play for In­dia." He did not play in the first Test as Shikhar Dhawan opened the bat­ting with Lokesh Rahul. Dhawan opted out of the sec­ond rub­ber due to per­sonal rea­sons open­ing the door for Vi­jay after re­cov­er­ing from an in­jury.

"I re­ally don't have to deal as long as I am happy and com­fort­able in my space. That's all I want it to be and if I am able to achieve that on a con­sis­tent ba­sis, I think I am do­ing a good job," Vi­jay said when asked about the open­ing slot co­nun­drum.

"Play­ing for In­dia is dif­fi­cult and who­ever gets a chance, I wish him luck. I know how dif­fi­cult it is to be in that space and per­form, so who­ever gets a chance should per­form. That's all I can say," he said. Vi­jay and Pu­jara as­so­ciate well and have as many as ten cen­tury part­ner­ships (nine in sub-con­ti­nent) to­gether.

Asked about their chem­istry, Vi­jay said: "I like bat­ting, so it does not mat­ter who bats at the other end! Pu­jara also has sim­i­lar mind­set as he likes to dig in deep and scrap it out in sit­u­a­tions of var­ied de­mands. "So hope­fully, we can con­tinue to do it for In­dia more num­ber of times."

On the up­com­ing South Africa tour, Vi­jay said: "I am a per­son who doesn't like to over­think too much till I see that par­tic­u­lar ground or venue. I don't want to have pre­con­ceived ideas and plans. I like to take things as it comes. "Yes, bounce is some­thing, we have got one week to han­dle (be­fore first Test starts). Ev­ery­body knows about it and we are work­ing on it. I have few things to work on and I am at it," said Vi­jay.

Mu­rali Vi­jay.

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