NOT HEARING FROM SELECTORS
Cricbuzz Staff •
Murali Vijay was dropped after the first two Tests in England. © Getty
Murali Vijay has joined the ‘no communication from selectors’ bandwagon, speaking out about the lack of dialogue between players who have been left out of the India squads and the national selectors.
“Neither the chief selector nor any other person spoke to me in England after I was dropped from the third Test,” Vijay told Mumbai Mirror. “None of them have spoken to me since. I did have a conversation with the members of the team management in England and that’s it,” Vijay said of the tour in which he had scores of 20, 6, 0 and 0 in the first two Tests in the five-match series.
Subsequently, he was not picked in the XI for the third, and dropped from the squad for the last two Tests. “I think it is important that a player is told about the reasons for keeping him out so that he knows where exactly he stands in the team managements’ and selectors’ scheme of things. As a player it is very important that you are going to get more than just one or two games, so that you can plan better. Stability keeps doubts away. Ultimately, one has to perform and contribute to the team’s cause.”
Vijay’s run of scores after being dropped in England for Essex in the County Championship were: 56, 100, 85, 80 and 2. However, he was not considered for the two-match Test series against Windies at home, as was Nair, who said he hadn’t had any communication from the management for his own axing after a considerable period on the bench. Incidentally Nair has only played three Tests since his epoch in Chennai in December 2016. However, selector MSK Prasad refuted the claims saying that his team had been in touch with Nair over his non-selection.
“I will be preparing for the Australia series too in my own manner,” said Vijay, who hopes to make a comeback when India tour Australia later next month. “I know the conditions there well, having scored close to 500 runs during the 2014-15 series. I wish to be ready if the chance comes. Ultimately it’s the runs that matter when you are trying to make a comeback.”