Murali Vijay hoped that with Sourav Ganguly leading BCCI there is hope for players eyeing a comeback into the national side. While sharing how tough it is to sit out knowing one’s prowess, Vijay urged to take note of those in line as he praised current Test openers of the side over their success.
After a year of sitting out of the national Test side, former opener Murali Vijay hoped that with the ascension of Sourav Ganguly as the president of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) the odds against players hoping to come back will become favourable. Vijay opined that having faced such situations, Ganguly knows how a player feels on being left out.
“With Sourav at the helm, I hope things would change. He had gone through this in his career. And he had come back strongly. He knows all about the feelings and the emotions of a cricketer in this situation,” Vijay said, according to Sportstar
He added, “I am looking forward to Sourav’s stint. He is a players’ man. He is a strong personality and hopefully, he will bring a structure to the process for cricketers to perform well.”
The Tamil Nadu opener explained that it is not only about him but it’s about all the talented players who lose their place after a failed stint on the international stage. Vijay shared how distressed it feels on failing to represent your country even after knowing your own prowess. He expressed his feelings after being left out of players contract without prior intimation.
“That's exactly my point. I am just not talking about myself. I am talking about cricketers who have been left out, they should have a platform to make a comeback. It shouldn't be a cut and chop job which leaves players in the wilderness. It is a hard pill to swallow when you know you can perform at the highest level but are playing a level down."
“I was left out of the players contract without prior intimation. I have given so much for the Indian team over the years,” he added.
Vijay with nearly 4000 Test runs, was happy with India’s present Test openers but he also urged to take note of those in line. He even questioned if there is a structure which facilitates the comeback of players. He appreciated that Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma have done exceptionally well at the top of the order against South Africa and Bangladesh.
“I am a great fan of Indian domestic cricket, but what after this? Can I just keep dreaming that I will make a comeback or is there a structure that can make it possible?”
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