India opener Vijay rues reckless batting


Indian opener Murali Vijay has been critical of the batting display put on by his team on day one of the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur.

Vijay himself was on 65 when he tried to cut a ball from Ish Sodhi that was on the full side and was caught behind by BJ Watling.

The opener was at the non-strikers end when Virat Kohli had a short ball get big on him while he was on the pull, seeing the skipper depart cheaply as India’s middle order wavered after a strong start.

The pair were joined in the naughty corner by VIP member Rohit Sharma who suffered yet another rush of blood to the head as he holed out to long on off the bowling of Mitchell Santner.

Asked if the wicket was to blame or if the Indian batsmen lacked application, Vijay replied: “We got out to loose shots as well and wicket was deteriorating as well, so we really got to be patient on this wicket. It’s a lesson learnt and hopefully we can put up a better show in the second innings.”

Vijay conceded that his own demise was down to a lapse in concentration:  “It was just a bad shot selection and I can really work on that and put up a better show in the second innings.”

The 32-year-old believes India are still in a strong position with the wicket deteriorating rapidly: “We have put runs on the board. What we have got to do now is go there and put pressure on them. It’s a good total to play around with

“We have our plans, the wicket is on the slower side and it is going to be difficult to score runs. That is what I have experienced on the first day, so it’s going to be difficult for them as well with the quality of Ashwin and Jadeja in the side. It’s going to be a good day for us, hopefully.”