Murali Vijay

Murali Vijay
ind India
Nick name
Murali Vijay
Batting style
Right Hand bat
Bowling style
Right Hand Off Spin
Current Team
Indian Premier League 2016
April 1, 1984

Murali Vijay, who had been a key player for the Chennai Super Kings, was bought by the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL Player Auction 2014 and was inducted into the King XI Punjab squad ahead of the 2015 edition. The top-order batsman redefined himself during IPL 2010 with some impressive displays of power-hitting for CSK. Known for his technique and poise at the crease, Vijay was drafted into the Indian Test team in 2008 against a daunting Australian side. A clean hitter of the ball, the India opener possesses the gift of timing which was well demonstrated during his record-breaking 127-run knock against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2010. He ended up scoring 458 runs in the tournament, cementing his place in the Indian squad for the ICC World T20 in the Caribbean. Brought back into the Test side, the stylish batsman has been an integral part of the team since. He has over 2000 runs in the IPL and will be looking forward to making an impact in the forthcoming edition of the tournament.

M Vijay brings, along with his bat, pads and gloves, an invisible switch to the crease. When that switch is flicked on, given certain conditions, he can be one of the more pleasing sights in present-day cricket; when it is not, he can scratch and struggle on the flattest of pitches. He prefers to play off the front foot, which can bring his downfall, but it also produces some sensational hits down the ground, including the trademark pick-up shot over wide long-on.

In his first few seasons of first-class cricket, Vijay became famous for converting starts into huge scores. One of those big scores came in a 462-run opening stand with Abhinav Mukund, which earned him a Test call-up in 2008-09 as replacement for Gautam Gambhir, who was serving a one-match ban for an on-field altercation. The Test opportunities remained limited, but the IPL provided him with another sphere of influence.

However, the IPL also coincided with the drying up of huge scores. He kept scoring big in crucial IPL matches, but it seemed to have taken patience out of his game. There was a period of about four years during which he scored as many first-class centuries as in Twenty20s: two. It didn’t help that he failed in the only full series he got as a Test opener, in the West Indies in 2011.

When Vijay was finally given another full Test series, against Australia in 2012-13, it was a selectorial punt based more on potential than runs in domestic cricket. Vijay turned the punt into a jackpot, scoring back-to-back 150s, impressing with his improved back-foot play and the ability to buckle down and play time. The efforts against Australia took his tally of 150-plus scores to seven out of 13 first-class hundreds, and earned him an ODI recall for the 2013 Champions Trophy in England – though a poor run in the warm-up games meant he did not make the playing eleven in the tournament.

He soon became India’s first-choice opener during the Tests in Australia in 2014-15, emerging as India’s second-highest run-scorer behind only Virat Kohli. Vijay had brought about subtle changes to his batting and reaped benefits on the tour. He, however, didn’t make it to the squad for the 2015 World Cup.