Vijay batting well due to his ‘happy space’


India opening batsman Murali Vijay thoroughly enjoyed scoring a big century against Bangladesh in Fatullah, saying he was in a great head space at the moment and having fun in the middle.

Vijay scored 150 on the dot in the only Test, which has not seen too much action thanks to rain, and put on a double century stand with opening partner Shikhar Dhawan. Vijay said he tended to assess the game as it went along.

Vijay said: "Being an opener, all you've got to do is go in with an open mind and stick to your basics and believe in yourself. You've got to adjust your game according to the situation and the pitch, which is going to be crucial in my future.

"At the moment I'm in the right space, batting well and hitting the ball well. I'm in a happy space.

"Test cricket is all about good starts and from there you build your partnerships. Initially, I never go in with a plan telling myself that 'I have to play defensive or attacking cricket'. It's just the situation, and I just go with the flow of the game."  

He added that he enjoyed batting with the likes of Dhawan, who play quickly and keep the momentum going: "If your partner is going well, you don't have to take that many risks, especially in these kinds of situations.

"The weather is playing a big role at the moment, so obviously when Shikhar was batting, all I wanted to do was play fewer shots and stabilise the innings so that he could be more comfortable doing whatever he was doing brilliantly"