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.