"Home or overseas, scoring runs make me happy. I am happy with the way I batted the whole day. Of course, it is disappointing that I couldn't make a hundred," said the batsman. (Agencies)
"Scoring runs against the number one side in the world is self-assuring. With the kind of attack that they have, and this is not a flat pitch, it is a two-paced slow wicket. So it is difficult to score runs. I thought I batted well," he added at the second day's play yesterday.
When asked specifically about an area that he had worked hard on, Vijay replied, "I have been watching videos before I came on this tour. The one thing that got me out was playing away from the body, and especially in this part of the world that shot, the cover drive, is not on. You may be 100 per cent sure about it, but it is still not on.
"I just wanted to cut down on that and play straight as much as possible. That was my game plan."
Vijay had a 157-run partnership for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara. But once the two batsmen got out, India folded for 334 runs.
"Yes we are disappointed about giving away the advantage. MS (Dhoni) and Ajinkya (Rahane) had a little stint in the middle. It was not easy for the new batsman coming in because Dale (Steyn) was reversing the ball well. We should have taken the responsibility and gone through that session,” he said.
"Home or overseas, scoring runs make me happy. I am happy with the way I batted the whole day. Of course, it is disappointing that I couldn't make a hundred," said the batsman.