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Murali Vijay

Full NameMurali Vijay

BornApril 1, 1984

Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

NationalityIndian

RoleOpener / Right hand Batsman

Relation(s)Nikita Vijay (Spouse)

Murali Vijay Biography


Murali Vijay is an Indian cricketer, born on 1st April 1984 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He is the opening batsman of the current Indian test team. He is a right-handed batsman and bowls occasional right-arm offbreak.


Background


Murali Vijay made his debut in the Ranji Trophy for Tamil Nadu in 2006 after having caught the eye of Bharat Arun during his college cricket days. In his debut season, he scored 628 runs in the tournament falling behind only Robin Uthappa and Manoj Tiwary among the top run scorers.


The following Ranji Trophy, Vijay scored 582 runs at an average of 58.20 which highlighted his consistency in Indian cricket’s premier domestic tournament.


He was involved in a 462-run partnership with Abhinav Mukund in a Ranji Trophy and fell short of the world record by just 2 runs. His performances were recognised with a maiden call-up to the Indian team to play against Australia during the 2008-09 season.


Debut


Vijay made his debut in the final test match of the series after Gautam Gambhir was banned for a game. He got starts in both innings as he scored 33 and 41.


He was consequently selected for the squad in the England ODI series for the first three games but did not receive his cap. He was later dropped.


Rise to Glory


Murali Vijay returned to the Indian team when he was called to play against Sri Lanka at Mumbai in 2009. He scored 87 and shared an opening stand of 221 with Virender Sehwag.


He received another opportunity during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2010 and scored 139 in the second test at Bengaluru sharing a 308-run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar.


Vijay was brought back to the Indian team during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2013 to replace an out of form Gautam Gambhir. He scored 167 in the second test at Hyderabad to help the Indians win the game. He followed it up with 153 at Mohali to score three consecutive 150+ scores in three test matches and shared a 289-run opening partnership with debutant Shikhar Dhawan.

 

In 2014, when India toured England, Vijay scored 146 in the opening test at Trent Bridge. He scored an important 95 in the second innings of the next Test at Lord’s to help India win a historic test match. He finished the series as India’s leading run-scorer.


After suffering a few injuries and playing quite sporadically in 2016 and 2017, Vijay returned in the home series against Sri Lanka scoring a couple of tons in a series winning effort.


Low points


Although Murali Vijay is now quite settled as the leading opener for the Indian test team, he has found it quite tough to make it there. During the initial days into his test career, he found it tough to cement a spot, having to rely on Gautam Gambhir’s occasional absence for a game.


He was at crossroads on choosing his preferred format at several points in his career. But his stubborn nature, scoring runs at will coupled with Gambhir’s failing form at the latter stages of his career ensured Vijay got a permanent spot at the top of the Indian batting lineup.


Club Career


Murali Vijay was signed by the Chennai Super Kings during the second season of the Indian Premier League in 2009. He was one of their valuable players when they won the tournament in succession in 2010 and 2011.


In 2010, he scored 458 runs at a strike rate of 157. The following season he scored 434 runs including a 52-ball 95 in the final to help them lift the trophy.


Captaincy


In April 2016, Murali Vijay was selected as the captain of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL midseason after a poor run of form under David Miller. Under him, the side from Punjab won three games out of eight.


Records


Murali Vijay scored 144 on Day 1 of the test match against Australia in Brisbane in 2014-15 which is the second highest by an Indian on Day 1 of an overseas test match.


In 2010, Vijay hit an IPL hundred off 46 balls against Rajasthan Royals which was the fastest in IPL history then.

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