Chennai opener Murali Vijay saved his best for last, scoring 95 to power CSK to a 58-run victory over Bangalore in the final of the Indian Premier League on Saturday.
Vijay admitted that it was a case of keeping it simple as he finally converted a decent start, having been out in the 30’s on numerous occasions during the tournament.
“Personally, I was missing out on a lot of singles in some of the previous games because Hussey is more of a timer and I was trying to play out of my skin,” he said after his man-of-the-match effort.
“I had thought I could have run a lot more singles for myself as well as Hussey and the team’s cause for momentum. I was working on it consciously and today, I went out for it and excelled as well.”
“I was confident about my tasks and did not worry much about anything else,” he added.
“My only worry was that I was getting 30s and 40s and was thinking about performing.
“Everybody in our team was performing well. I raised my hand and said to myself that this is going to be my day and I succeeded.”
Despite admitting his disappointment at missing out on three figures – what would have been the first ever century in an IPL final – the 27-year was satisfied that he had done what was best for his team after perishing for the cause in the penultimate over of the innings.
“A bit (disappointed) now. But at that time, I was trying to hit the ball because the wicket was deteriorating and I thought a total of 220 might be a good score.
“In this format, any total could be chased by the rivals. I tried to clear (the field) but it did not come out in the way that I wanted. However, I am happy that the team won.”
Vijay will now turn his focus to the five-day format as he heads to the Caribbean as part of India’s Test squad. Cricket365