Murali Vijay

Born April 1, 1984Chennai
Age 30 Years, 7 Months, 26 Days
National Side India
Batting Style Right Handed
Bowling Off break
Batting Rank Test - 36
Bowling Rank Test - NA
Test Debut November 6, 2008 v Australia
Last Test August 15, 2014 v England
ODI Debut February 27, 2010 v South Africa
Last ODI July 9, 2013 v Sri Lanka
T20I Debut May 1, 2010 v Afghanistan
Last T20I January 9, 2011 v South Africa
IPL Debut May 2, 2009 v Delhi
Last IPL May 23, 2014 v Mumbai
CL Debut September 11, 2010 v Central Stags
Last CL October 4, 2013 v Jaipur
Teams Played India, India A, India B, India Blue, India Red, Rest of India, South Zone, Chennai, Delhi, Central Stags, Tamil Nadu
Man of the Match Test - 0, ODI - 0, T20I - 0, IPL - 6, CL - 1,
Career Span 2008 - 2014, 2010 - 2013, 2010 - 2011, 2009 - 2014, 2010 - 2013,

For someone who picked up the game at the age of 17, Murali Vijay has surely come a long way. A prolific scorer in the domestic circuit, the Tamil Nadu opener got his lucky break when in 2008, Gautam Gambhir was banned for a Test against Australia. The opener made a quietly confident start to his career making 33 and 41 on debut. However, the return of Gambhir meant that he had to wait until 2009 for his second chance. Vijay struck a fine 87 falling tantalisingly short of his maiden century. He played a part in the Bangladesh and South Africa Test series before making his ODI debut against South Africa in 2010.

A batsman who epitomises elegance, Vijay has a wide array of shots but at times is criticized for not converting starts. He played some crucial knocks in the shortest format but the runs dried up in the longest format and his first-class form took a steep downward slope. After just one century in Tests, he went through a barren run and failed miserably in his only full series as a Test opener. He was dropped from the side but after nearly two years, a double-century in the Irani Trophy and a strong run in the Challenger Trophy in 2012 powered his career revival as he was selected for the Test series against Australia. He made sure that this time he made the most of the opportunity with back-to-back 150 plus scores.

For six seasons, Murali Vijay enjoyed a very prosperous time with the Chennai franchise in the Indian T20 League. However, for the seventh edition, Chennai did not retain him and their loss was Delhi’s gain who drafted the talented opener for 5 crores.

Player Tracker

Batting & Fielding

27
47
1706
167
v AUS
226
11
36.29
44.93

Bowling

11.0
35
1/12
v ENG

Last 5 Performances

Batting Bowling Opposition Match Date
18(64) & 2(16) - v England Aug 15, 2014
0(14) & 18(36) - v England Aug 07, 2014
35(95) & 12(35) 0/1 v England Jul 27, 2014
24(67) & 95(247) 1/12 & 0/11 v England Jul 17, 2014
146(361) & 52(119) 0/8 v England Jul 09, 2014