Chennai, May 26: After helping Chennai Super Kings reach their third consecutive final with a thumping 86-run win against Delhi Daredevils, Murali Vijay said the team is "geared up" to defend their IPL title against Kolkata Knight RIders.
Vijay smashed a 58-ball 113 against Delhi to become the only Indian batsman to score two IPL centuries.
"Every team can beat the other on a given day. So we need to be wary and cannot take things lightly. The only thing I can tell you is that we are geared up for the match," Vijay said.
Vijay was satisfied to contribute to the side but admitted he had to work hard given the sultry conditions.
"I just went in and started striking the ball. I always go there with wanting to win the match. It's a great feeling to contribute for the team. I don't want to compare this knock with any other, but certainly I had to work hard for it."
"It was hot and humid and I had to take a lot of singles and doubles. I enjoyed the innings and I couldn't have asked for more," he said.
Vijay said the plan was to remain at the crease for long and play throughout the innings. "In T20, every team wants to score as many as runs as possible and put the opposition under pressure. We were lucky. Everything went our way." The local player also said luck was on their side.
"After the first strategic time out, I thought it was getting slower. So I thought the new batsman would find it difficult. So I just carried on but never expected (the team) to score more than 200. It doesn't happen every day. It was just a one-off day and we were very lucky," he said.
"Planning won't work against him. You have to watch the ball and play it accordingly. I want to keep it simple."
Asked about Morne Morkel's absence, he said, "Obviously, I can't comment on that. That's their decision. Of course, he's a fantastic bowler."