Murali Vijay has been in good form and pace
Murali Vijay has been in good form after his injury © Getty Images

Murali Vijay maybe India’s No. 1 Test opener, but he surely has surprised many by batting in the middle-order in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy for Tamil Nadu Team. Before skipping the match against Services on Monday, which Tamil Nadu won against Hyderabad, he batted at No. 4 in three games he has played so far. We have seen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan as openers in ODIs so far, but as per what we can see Vijay seems to be comfortable with the No. 4 spot. Suresh Raina has not been his usual during the One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against South Africa in October; Ambati Rayudu also has not shown much skill during any of the ODIs. READ: Indian cricket team shows solidity with Chennai flood victims

Vijay, who tried to earn a spot at 50-over World Cup team in Australia-New Zealand earlier this year, lost out as the selectors went forward with Stuart Binny since he was an all-rounder. But with the Australia-India series coming up, Vijay is definitely trying to prove his worth by giving his best with the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, according to cricbuzz.com.  So far he has scored 115 runs with an average of 38.55 in the three matches played. M Sanjay, Tamil Nadu coach, can notice full potential in this new role. After noticing Vijay eyeing the middle-order spot, sources added, “Having done so well in Tests in the last few seasons, Vijay is now looking to cement his place in the Indian ODI and T20s side. At the moment, the middle-order appears to be the only slot which can accommodate him.” READ: Murali Vijay: Ravi Shastri lifts mood of India’s dressing room

M Sanjay had an opinion as well, though he felt the selection depends on the team think-tank, “The Tamil Nadu skipper Ravichandran Ashwin had a chat with Vijay since we felt the latter has a lot of experience and will strengthen our middle-order. Not only is he a good reader of the situation, Vijay has the range of shots which could give us the much needed big hits in the last few overs of the innings.” He further mentioned, “Vijay has always been a team man to the core. He understood what the team expected of him and was able to adapt to the situation right from the first game against Assam.”