Chennai, May 26: Chennai Super Kings' Murali Vijay silenced his critics with a 58-ball 113 against Delhi Daredevils in the second qualifier of IPL 5, after struggling to strike form throughout the tournament.
Vijay was awarded the man of the match for his century knock which came off just 58 balls which included 4 sixes and 15 boundaries.
After hammering the hapless Delhi attack in the absence of Morne Morkel and Irfan Pathan, Vijay settled easily as he was aware of the Chennai pitch and went for the straighter ones.
Since he had read the pitch, it was quite easy to bat on and felt he was lucky enough to have played throughout the innings.
"First of all, I need to thank Bharath Tarun and Gurunath, the owner, without them it wouldn't have been possible.
"I know the Chennai wicket and I decided to hit straighter. After six overs I thought the wicket was playing slower, so I decided one of us had to bat through the end, I was lucky to come through.
The right-handed batsman added that he was happy being associated with the team and learning from the stalwarts.
"I am happy to be a part of this unit and learning from them. Happy to be rubbing shoulders with the legends."
When asked if he was able to match up to his team-mate Dwayne Bravo's dancing ability on a lighter note, he said "Bravo's a good dancer, cannot match up to him!".
With Vijay striking form at the right time, it remains to be seen if Kolkata Knight Riders can restrict him in the summit clash on May 27.