IND vs SL: I felt fantastic, says Vijay after ton

The India Test opener, who smashed 128, returned to international cricket after eight months; now it remains to be seen who is chosen in the third Test as Shikhar Dhawan will be back.

Murali Vijay’s tenth century was the cornerstone to India taking a lead in the second day of the second Test in Nagpur on Saturday.   -  RAJANISH KAKADE

 

Murali Vijay’s tenth century, first against Sri Lanka and his partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara (209 runs for the second wicket) was the cornerstone to India taking a lead of 107 runs in the second day of the second Test here on Saturday.

Vijay returned to international cricket after eight months, but he was not in the playing XI in Kolkata. When asked if he was satisfied with his knock, he said: “Definitely, any day I will take this. Obviously, we are in a strong position at the end of the day and I always wanted to contribute for the team and I am happy. I felt fantastic (with the wrist) and hopefully I can build on from here.’’

IND vs SL: India in control after Vijay, Pujara tons

With Shikhar Dhawan likely to return to the squad for the third Test in New Delhi, it might be difficult to choose the best XI. “I really don’t have to deal (with selection matters) as long as I am happy and comfortable in my space. That’s all I wanted to be and if I am able to achieve that on a consistent basis, I think I am doing a good job. I was mentally and physically fit today. Playing for India is difficult and whoever gets a chance, I wish them luck. I know how difficult it is to be in that space and perform, whoever gets a chance should perform.’’

Sri Lanka’s batting coach Thilan Samaraweera said: “Sri Lanka is behind India after two days. India batted well. We have to bring out our ‘A’ game against the world’s top two spinners (Ashwin and Jadeja).”