3 players who might have played their last innings for India
- The selection of the Indian team for the tour of West Indies may have signaled an end to the careers of 3 Indian cricketers.
#2 Murali Vijay
Like Parthiv Patel, Murali Vijay too was part of India’s Test squad for the tour of Australia. In spite of his failures in South Africa and England, he was preferred to open the batting with KL Rahul in the first two Tests in Australia.
But Vijay returned with poor scores of 11, 18, 0 and 20 which led to the selectors opting for Mayank Agarwal for the last two matches.
Vijay is no more the solid and consistent opener that he was once upon a time. His technique has become susceptible to short-pitched deliveries. His greatest virtue as an opener - leaving the balls outside the off-stump combined with the tight defense - has deserted him at a crucial phase of his career.
The successive tough away tours of South Africa, England and Australia took a heavy toll on Vijay’s career.
The success of Agarwal in Australia and the presence of another talented youngster in Prithvi Shaw ensured that Vijay’s absence was never felt. Now with his omission from the Test squad to tour West Indies, we can safely say that Vijay’s career has come to an end.
The selectors have taken a risk by going with only two regular Test openers, Rahul and Agarwal, in the squad. Nonetheless, they didn't consider Vijay at all, which is a clear sign that his days as an Indian player are over.Published 22 Jul 2019, 15:16 IST