Murali Vijay hopeful of being fully fit before South Africa series
New Delhi: Having missed a few international games in Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka owing to a recurrent hamstring injury, India opener Murali Vijay yesterday said he wants to attain peak fitness before the upcoming home series against South Africa.
"I am getting better. I should be fully fit," Vijay said days before the South Africa series preparatory camp that starts in Bangalore on September 21.
The Proteas' long tour starts in first week of next month with the first T20 International in Dharamsala on October 2.
Recalling the Indian team's tour of South Africa in 2013, Vijay said the innings he played in the Johannesburg Test went a long way in bringing about a turnaround in his career.
"It was the 39 runs in the Johannesburg Test that turned things around for me," Vijay was quoted as saying by bcci.tv.
"I could feel that I was batting well. That's what gave me confidence going into the Durban Test.
"I was under the pump and really wanted to come good. The ball was reversing in Durban and it helped that I play a lot of reverse swing back home at the domestic level," he said, recalling his 97-run knock.
"It has been a great journey for me — the last one and a half year. But the best of me is yet to come."