Murali Vijay has been around the Indian side for five years now, but it was only in the last season that he realized his potential as a Test batsman. A couple of centuries against Australia helped him seal the spot, but the stylish Tamil Nadu opener feels that his job is only half done.

"It felt good, but that happened sometime back, it's time to look forward," Vijay told the TOI on Wednesday. The opener is preparing for a busy season ahead and he is working on a few areas of his game.

"The first thing is consistency. I have to be more consistent if I have to play for India for a long time. That's my priority," the right-hander said.

He was with the India 'A' team for the South Africa series that got over a few days back and Vijay felt it was good preparation ahead of the series that takes place in the same country at the end of the year. "I didn't get to play in all the games, but obviously it was good to be there, getting used to the conditions."

It's his opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan that was a big hit last season, and this time too, it will be keenly watched. "We batted well together, he is a good player...Things should go well for us," Vijay added.

But the selectors have recalled the likes of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag to the India 'A' squad for a series against West Indies 'A', clearly indicating that the duo is not out of reckoning.

Vijay, though, is not losing sleep over it. "It's not about competing with others, if I can play my game to the best of my abilities, I will be happy," Vijay said.

ODIs haven't exactly gone to script for Vijay. Despite being a fluent player, he has played only 14 games till now. During India's Champions Trophy campaign and the tri-series in West Indies, he got only two games to bat, scoring 30 and 27.

When reminded about it, Vijay shot back: "Can you judge a player only by two games over one-and-a-half months whether he is good or bad in ODIs? I don't think I have played enough one-day cricket to get labelled that I'm not good enough for the format."

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