Batting great Sunil Gavaskar has lauded Murali Vijay’s gritty knock against England on day two of the ongoing fourth Test in Mumbai, saying the Tamil Nadu opener was handing short-pitched bowling with a lot more assurance.
Vijay remained unbeaten on 70 to lead India to a strong 146/1 in response to England’s first-innings 400 on Friday (Dec 9).
“Vijay has worked hard to play the short ball. (Coach) Anil Kumble has shown confidence in him and that is the right thing. Vijay has repaid that faith. There is still a long way to go. He needs to get a big one now,” former India opener Gavaskar said.
“There is a change in
Earlier, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed his 23
“Ashwin now has 23 five-wicket hauls. That's like a batsman scoring 23
Gavaskar felt that England skipper Alastair Cook had set a defensive field.
“The field was spread out when the Indians were batting. There were not too many fielders in catching positions. You need to build pressure on batsmen in such situations. England failed to do so despite having put plenty of runs on the board.”