India's openers poised to perform, Vijay claims
Murali Vijay is confident that all three of India's potential opening batsmen are ready to perform in the third Test against Sri Lanka as the trio vie to secure roles for the eagerly anticipated tour of South Africa.
KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan started the opening Test and both failed in the first innings, before making 79 and 94 respectively in their second knock.
Dhawan sat out the next match and replacement Vijay capitalised with a fine 128 in a crushing victory.
But, when asked for the likely opening combination in the final Test in Dehli, which starts on Saturday, the 33-year-old said: "I don't know.
"Whatever the team management does, we are well-equipped and all looking to contribute. I don't know how they [the selectors] are going to play around with the team.
"It's absolutely their choice and we are ready to do it for the team."
Of the surface at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Vijay added: "It has grass obviously and that's the pattern for the whole series.
"Hopefully, the wicket plays good and we get a good experience before the SA tour."
Uncertainty over which pair will open could have the potential to put relationships in the team under strain, but Vijay insisted that is not an issue.
"We three are very good friends off the field and that makes it much easier," he said.
"Definitely, [when a player is dropped] it unsettles the [remaining] opener, who is playing regularly."
He added, referring to the tour of South Africa: "Obviously, we three share a good rapport outside the field and this will help us big time during the series coming ahead and [in the] future."
After drawing the opener and then romping to victory by an innings and 239 runs, India lead the three-match series 1-0 and only need to avoid defeat to wrap up the contest.