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India opener Murali Vijay has revealed that he was approached to play county cricket in England after going unsold on the first day of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in January.
However, while Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma have signed for Yorkshire and Sussex respectively, Vijay won’t be joining them in England as he was purchased by the Chennai Super Kings for his base price of INR 2 crores in the second round of the auction.
“A lot of people approached me especially after the first day of the IPL auctions when I went unsold,” Vijay was quoted as saying by the Bangalore Mirror. “As for the county stint, there are a lot of procedures involved and we have to wait. There is a lot of time before the England and Australia assignments. Being a professional, I am confident of making the necessary adjustments and put up a better show on those two tours.”
Vijay played for the Super Kings till the sixth edition of the IPL in 2013. He then went on to play for the Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab. However, the 33-year-old admitted that he is thrilled to be back with the Super Kings.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for me to be back with CSK,” he said. “I feel blessed to be picked by CSK. One good thing about CSK is that every individual puts the team’s interests ahead of his own.
“It’s important in franchise cricket for the overseas players and local players to strike right rapport and pull in the same direction. We would want to carry that into this year as well and play with fun and flair.”
Vijay added that during the time he spent with the Super Kings in the past, all the players had a close bond. However, while playing for the other franchises, Vijay admitted that he never felt the same kind of chemistry.
“I take a lot of pride in representing a franchise from my state,” he said. “It’s hard to compare CSK with other teams because as Bravo said we create a family-like atmosphere where all the foreign players and local players forge a close bond.
“I haven’t experienced this kind of [bond] in other teams I have played for. I am confident that we will click as a unit.”
When asked about his aim for the upcoming IPL season, Vijay said: “To perform well and put up a good show for CSK is always a pleasure and I think I am good enough to do that. I am ready to play in the T20 format and I can’t wait for the opening match against Mumbai Indians.”