Durban, Dec 28: He might have missed out on what should have been a well-deserved ton but opener Murali Vijay is satisfied that he had made significant contribution with his score of 97 against a quality South African attack in the second Test here Friday (December 27).
"Home or overseas, scoring runs makes me happy," he said, added,"I am happy with the way I batted the whole day yesterday. Of course, it is disappointing that I couldn't make a hundred".
"Scoring runs against the number one side in the world is self-assuring. With the kind of attack that they have, and this is not a flat pitch, it is a two-paced slow wicket. So it is difficult to score runs. I thought I batted well," he added.
When asked specifically about an area of his batting that he worked hard on, he replied,"I have been watching videos before I came on this tour. The one thing that got me out was playing away from the body, and especially in this part of the world that shot, the cover drive, is not on. You may be 100 percent sure about it, but it is still not on.
"I just wanted to cut down on that and play straight as much as possible. That was my game plan".
Vijay had a 157-run partnership for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara. But once the two batsmen got out, India folded on either side of the tea-break, bowled out for 334 runs.
"Yes we are disappointed about giving away the advantage. MS (Dhoni) and Ajinkya (Rahane) had a little stint in the middle. It was not easy for the new batsman coming in because Dale (Steyn) was reversing the ball well. We should have taken the responsibility and gone through that session.
"Unfortunately, he bowled well and we got out. We did well enough to score 334, and hopefully we will pull it off tomorrow," Vijay said.