This blog is about Murali Vijay
Full name Murali Vijay Krishna
Born 1 April 1984 (age 27)
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm off break
National side India
Test debut (cap 260) 6 November 2008 v Australia
Last Test 6 July 2011 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 181) 27 February 2010 v South Africa
Last ODI 18 January 2011 v South Africa
Domestic team information
2005– present Tamil Nadu
2009– present Chennai Super Kings
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 12 11 43 47
Runs scored 609 196 3,309 1,841
Batting average 30.45 17.81 47.95 40.02
100s/50s 1/2 0/0 8/14 6/6
Top score 139 33 243 115
Balls bowled 0 0 186 209
Wickets – – 1 7
Bowling average – – 118.00 26.28
5 wickets in innings – – 0 0
10 wickets in match – – 0 0
Best bowling – – 1/16 3/13
Catches/stumpings 10/– 6/– 44/– 25/–
Murali Vijay Krishna (born April 1, 1984 in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India) is an Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed opening batsman for Tamil Nadu, Chennai Super Kings and India.
Vijay made his Test debut against Australia in the Fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, in Nagpur, in November 2008. He was selected for the match after Gautam Gambhir received a one-Test ban for elbowing Shane Watson in the Third Test of the same series in Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.
Of Vijay's technique, former Australian captain Allan Border said "His defensive shots are so assured. And he looks comfortable of both front and back foot. And when he attacks, he doesn't go hard at the deliveries. I can see why this young man is playing".
Vijay partnered Virender Sehwag, and they got India off to a solid start in both innings. Vijay made 33 and 41, contributing to opening stands of 98 and 116. During Australia's first innings, Vijay caused the first wicket to fall, running out Matthew Hayden with a direct hit from mid on. Hayden was attempting a quick single. He then ran out Michael Hussey when fielding at silly point. Hussey was unaware that Vijay had intercepted the ball at close range and instinctively took a step out of his crease in anticipation of a run, by which time Vijay threw down the stumps. In the second innings, he caught Brett Lee at bat pad from the bowling of Harbhajan Singh to complete his first catch.
Following his performance in his debut Test, Vijay was selected for the Indian ODI squad for the first three matches against the touring England team. He did not get to play, and was dropped after the first three matches upon the return of senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar from a break.
In December 2009, Vijay was given another opportunity in the Test team when Gambhir withdrew from the Third and final Test against Sri Lanka at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in order to attend his sister's wedding.Vijay took two catches at bat pad from Harbhajan in Sri Lanka's first innings. When India replied, he put on 221 for the first wicket with Sehwag, but was out for 87 in sight of his maiden Test century. The Indians went on to complete an innings victory, and become the number 1 Test team.
Vijay was taken on the tour of Bangladesh in January 2010 as the reserve batsman, and he was called into the team after V. V. S. Laxman injured a finger in the First Test. Vijay played in the Second Test in Mirpur in Laxman's No. 5 position, scoring 30. In the same match, No. 3 batsman Rahul Dravid was injured after being hit under the jaw by a bouncer, so Vijay then played in Dravid's position in the two-Test home series against South Africa.
He was later selected as the reserve opener for away series against Sri Lanka in August 2010 and the home series against Australia in October 2010. He played in the Second and Third Tests against Sri Lanka after Gambhir was injured. He got another opportunity when Gambhir, was injured in the first match against Australia and was ruled out of Second Test. Vijay scored 139 runs in the first innings, his maiden Test century, featuring in a triple century partnership with Tendulkar. Vijay and debutant Cheteshwar Pujara added 72 runs crucial partnership which helped India complete a 2–0 series win.
Vijay debuted in ODIs against South Africa in the third and final one dayer on Feb 27 2010. He scored a brisk 25 runs off 16 balls.
He started a full series during a tri-nations tournament in Zimbabwe when India rested most of the first-choice team. Vijay performed poorly and was dropped for India's fourth match as they came last behind Zimbabwe.
Vijay was selected for New Zealand 5 ODI series 2010 and he played first 3 ODI in which he scored an average of 30. Later, he was replaced by wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel for other 2 ODI matches.
International T20 career
Vijay was selected for 2010 ICC World Twenty20. He fared poorly in India's disastrous campaign averaging just below 15 and failing to provide good starts in all the matches.