Murali Vijay has complained of a lack of communication from the Indian selectors following his omission from India’s Test team.
The 34-year-old opener was dropped from the XI after two Tests in England, having made scores of 20, 6, 0 and 0, then removed from the tour party halfway through the tour. He has been left out of the squad altogether for the two-Test series against West Indies, with 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw making a successful debut at the top of the order.
“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.
“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,” he added.
That’s certainly what Shaw has done, having made 134 in his first Test innings in Rajkot, making a return for 59-Test Vijay, or his sometime opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, less likely.
Vijay made scores of 56, 100, 85, 80 and 2 for Essex in the County Championship after being dropped by India and is determined to force his way back into contention ahead of India’s four-Test tour to Australia in December.
“I will be preparing for the Australia series too in my own manner. 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.”