Opener Murali Vijay said on Saturday that the ongoing fourth Test match against Australia is “evenly poised and can go either way” but expressed confidence of chasing down any target set by the opponents.
“It is interesting. The match is evenly poised right now. It can go either way. It will be crucial as to how many runs the tail-enders score,” Vijay, who made 57 in India’s day end score of 266 for eight today, said.
Asked what will be an achievable fourth innings target, Vijay replied, “Whatever target they set will be chased. No two ways about it.”
Vijay criticised the track in a veiled manner, stating that it was difficult to judge the speed of the deliveries.
“The wicket is getting slower and lower. The cracks are getting wider and it is really difficult to judge the speed of the deliveries,” he said.
The opener, however, revealed that the pitch prepared by Venkat Sundaram is certainly not conducive for good batting.
“It’s a wicket where scoring runs is extremely difficult. However, it’s not that difficult to stay on the wicket. We did bat well, but in patches. I could have batted a little longer but got out at the wrong time.”
His stop-gap opening partner Cheteshwar Pujara got a nasty hit on a finger of his right hand and Vijay said that the physio was working on him.
“It’s swollen a bit and the physio is working on him.”
He, meanwhile, didn’t wish to divulge the details of the heated exchange between Ravindra Jadeja and David Warner.
“It’s part and parcel of the game. Whatever happened on the field can’t be told outside,” he replied with a smile.
Were the Aussies a bit more aggressive than they have been in this series so far, Vijay said, “It’s nothing new. They were aggressive throughout the tournament (series).”
Having scored a couple of centuries and a half century since his comeback in the Test team, Vijay agreed that it has been a good series for him so far.
“It’s been a good tournament for me so far and I am happy to contribute to the team’s cause,” he concluded.