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Vijay looks to complete Caribbean business

sportspaper Updated: Jul 01, 2016, 09:57 IST
HT Correspondent/ Agencies
HT Correspondent/ Agencies

NEW DELHI: The last time India played a Test series in West Indies in 2011, opening batsman Murali Vijay’s hopes of making an impression were dented very early.

Although he played all the three Tests, he struggled and finished with an average of around 13 from six innings, which led to his omission for the subsequent England tour.

Vijay has toured the West Indies thrice, but when asked in Bengaluru in a media interaction on Thursday about the upcoming four-Test series, he smiled: “The last time it (the experience) wasn’t good. Hopefully, I can pull it off this time,” he said. The series will set the tone for India, who are scheduled to play 13 more Tests at home in the next one year. With Anil Kumble coming on board as chief coach he said the players were looking forward to working with the former bowling great.

“He has got some 900 international wickets. So, we can learn from him what to expect in a high-pressure game,” Vijay said.

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