Vijay: Clear mind the key to Mumbai ton


India opener Murali Vijay felt his impressive performance in the fourth Test against England owed much to a clear mindset.

Vijay advanced to 136 on Saturday, sharing 116 with fellow centurion Virat Kohli (147 not out) as the hosts seized control of proceedings at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium - reaching 451-7 in reply to England's first-innings score of 400.

An eighth Test century represented a welcome milestone for Vijay, who had managed just 66 runs in five innings since making 126 in the series-opener in Rajkot.

"I was getting out to short-pitched deliveries and there was a lot of talk about it, but I was confident," said the 32-year-old.

"It is special because I started off well in the series and a couple of matches I couldn't play the way I wanted to play. I was getting out too early and I just came out with a much clearer mindset for this game. I just wanted to back my instinct.

"My gameplan is to attack the spinners, because I don't want them to settle in one particular area where they find it comfortable. I wanted to use my feet, use the depth of the crease and play according to my gameplan and it came out pretty well, I guess."

Vijay lavished praise on skipper Kohli, who was in imperious form by the close, having survived a caught-and-bowled chance to Adil Rashid on 68.

"The way Virat started was fantastic and the way he ended was even more amazing," said Vijay of his captain.

India will wrap up a series win if they avoid defeat in Mumbai, a scenario that appears much more likely after Kohli and Jayant Yadav combined for an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 87 after tea on day three.

"Any lead is gold on this wicket," added Vijay.

"During tea-time we just thought [it was important to] get close to their target, but the way Virat and Jayant are batting, I think we are in a pretty good position."