The third Test between India and South Africa will begin from 25 November, Wednesday. India opening batsman Murali Vijay is confident that the hosts will continue with their good show in the third Test as well.
Vijay also felt that the pressure exerted on the South African batsmen by the Indian spinners have paid off well in this Test series. Looking at the pitch in the VCA Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur, the spinners must have already started wondering about how much the ball will turn in the forthcoming Test match.
"To be honest, the pressure we have put on the batsman, it was incredible to watch from the close-in. It is a cat mouse game, everybody trying to come one up and the bowler trying to come up on the batsman and it has been going well for us," Vijay told the reporters at a press conference on Monday.
"It is the pure pressure we put on them and obviously the same vice versa. When we go out to bat we have our plans and they are also putting immense pressure. So it is a good contest to be a part of."
South African innings crumbled in the first Test match for 184 and 109 in the respective innings at Mohali. The pitch is expected to be a dry turner at the VCA Stadium and Proteas are likely to face similar problems in third Test.
"The confidence is really high as for now because we had a good game and the first day was in our favour. I don't know the batting is a worry for us because everybody is one match away from a big knock and this match may be the one," Vijay added.
Vijay himself has been in good touch in this format of the game especially, in such tricky conditions. Vijay is now back in Nagpur where he made his Test debut against back in 2008 and it is definitely a special feeling for the Tamil Nadu batsman.
"I am trying to play my best and put the Indian team in a good position and so far so good, it has been coming out well for me. I am a good state in a mind and that is more important for me at the moment," Vijay added.