Murali Vijay Stands Tall Against England's Bowling Attack

Updated: 10 December 2016 11:53 IST

Murali Vijay scored his eighth Test hundred, and second of the series, against England in the fourth Test in Mumbai.

Murali Vijay Stands Tall Against England's Bowling Attack
India opener Murali Vijay scored his eighth Test century on Saturday. © BCCI

Murali Vijay on Saturday led India's reply in the fourth Test against England with a high quality century at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

The right-hander, who carried on from his overnight score of 70, got to the three-figure mark in the 72nd over of India's first innings.

The Tamil Nadu batsman's eighth Test ton included eight fours and three sixes.

The most impressive aspect of Vijay's batting was his attitude in the morning session of play. Despite losing Cheteshwar Pujara on the second ball of the day, the 32-year-old continued playing his shots and stayed positive.

Vijay found an able ally in skipper Virat Kohli, who wasted no time upping the scoring rate as soon as he got to the crease.

Though the Chennai-born got off to a brilliant start in this series with a score of 126 in Rajkot, his form dipped thereon. His scores of 31, 20, 3, 12, 0 showed that it went downhill for him since his seventh ton in the Gujarat town.

However, Vijay found his legs on Saturday to score a sublime century under pressure from the English attack.

The last time an Indian opener scored a century at the Wankhede Stadium was Virender Sehwag (147) against the West Indies in October 2002.

Sunil Gavaskar, who has five, is the only other Indian opener to get a century at the ground where India won the 50-over World Cup five years ago.



Topics : Cricket India England Murali Vijay Virat Kohli Wankhede India vs England 2016
Highlights
  • Murali Vijay scored his eighth Test century on Saturday
  • He plays for Tamil Nadu in the domestic circuit
  • He is the 1st India opener since Sehwag in 2002 to score 100 at Wankhede
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