“It doesn’t matter where we play and which venue we play. It is about how soon and how faster than the opponents you acclimatise to the playing conditions there. It is a great opportunity to see how it works in that side of the country,” he said. Asked how he is sharing his experience of playing in West Indies with the youngsters, Vijay said: “Last time I did not do well in West Indies, but the team did well. Hopefully I can pull it off this time”. Vijay said the rains played spoilsport at the camp here on day one but the team has had a good outing today. “It has been a couple of good days for us. As a team we have come to Bangalore with a purpose in sight. We are preparing for the West Indies series, the rains had played its bit though on the first day of the camp,” he said.
Hopeful of staying fit
On his individual preparation, Vijay said he would make sure he gets his basics right and show consistency in batting. “I have been to the West Indies three times before and I have a fair bit of idea of how it is going to be there … I am looking forward to stick to my basics and be as consistent as possible, hopefully, and if I can do that I will be happy at the end of it,” he said. However, the team has to be prepared for any eventuality and playing conditions the West Indies offers them during the tour, Vijay added. Talking about remaining fit for the next 17 matches in one year, Vijay said players are following a fitness regime and are hopeful of remaining fit throughout the season. “Definitely it (fitness) will play a major part on each and everybody. We are aware of it. We have our fitness regime and we are following and hopefully we can stay fit throughout the season,” he said.