Murali Vijay

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In this Indian name, the name Murali is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Vijay.
Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay.jpg
Vijay playing for Tamil Nadu in 2012
Personal information
Full name Murali Vijay Krishna
Born (1984-04-01) 1 April 1984 (age 30)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nickname Viji, Monk
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 260) 6 November 2008 v Australia
Last Test 17th July 2014 v England
ODI debut (cap 181) 27 February 2010 v South Africa
Last ODI 9 July 2013 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 26
T20I debut (cap 27) 1 May 2010 v Afghanistan
Last T20I 9 January 2011 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
2005– present Tamil Nadu
2009-2013 Chennai Super Kings
2014-present Delhi Daredevils
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 23 14 72 53
Runs scored 1,704 253 5,171 2,251
Batting average 38.51 19.46 45.76 43.28
100s/50s 4/5 0/0 13/18 7/8
Top score 167 33 266 155
Balls bowled 6 0 342 209
Wickets 1 3 7
Bowling average 74.66 26.28
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 0/3 1/8 3/13
Catches/stumpings 20/– 6/– 61/– 28/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 30 December 2013

Murali Vijay Krishna (born 1 April 1984) is an Indian international cricketer. He plays as a right-handed opening batsman. He represents Tamil Nadu in the domestic circuit and Delhi Daredevils in Indian Premier League.

Early and personal life[edit]

He studied at Gill Adarsh Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Chennai, and post graduation at SRM University, Chennai. Vijay completed his UG in economics in RKM Vivekananda college, Chennai[citation needed].

Test career[edit]

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.[1][2] Vijay was participating in a Ranji trophy match at the time, and made his Test debut on the final day of that match.[3]

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".[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8][9]

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.[10][11][12]

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 Sachin Tendulkar. Vijay and debutant Cheteshwar Pujara added 72 runs crucial partnership which helped India complete a 2–0 series win.

Though he was dropped from the national squad, however he was brought back in the 2013 home series against Australia replacing out-of-form Gautam Gambhir. Though Vijay failed in the 1st test, he scored an assured and well paced 167 in the 2nd test and put on a 370-run record 2nd wicket partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara (204). In the 3rd test at Mohali, he scored his second consecutive 150+ score (153) with a strong opening stand of 289 with debutant Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a whopping 187 off just 174 balls. And then added on 92 runs on the 3rd wicket with Sachin Tendulkar (37). He had an amazing series against Australia and was the highest scorer with 430 runs including two centuries both which were 150+ and an amazing half century.

Vijay Made His First Test Century Outside India on 10 July 2014 At Trent Bridge Vs England and made a half century in the next innings.

He missed out on consecutive hundred in next match of the same series get caught behind off James Anderson on 95.

ODI career[edit]

Vijay debuted in ODIs against South Africa in the third and final one dayer on 27 Feb 2010. He scored a brisk 25 runs off 16 balls.[13]

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[edit]

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.

IPL career[edit]

Murali played for IPL franchise from his home town Chennai Super Kings till the sixth edition and represented Delhi Daredevils in IPL7. He was one of the key performers for Chennai in the 3rd edition of IPL in 2010 when Chennai were crowned champions. His first century for Chennai Super Kings was in the third season of the IPL where he scored 127 runs of 56 balls against the Rajasthan Royals. He was awarded the Man of the Match. In the same year, Vijay had prolific run in the Champions League T20 held in South Africa. Vijay was the top scorer of the tournament with 294 runs. He was instrumental in Chennai winning the cup.

In the fourth season of IPL, he was retained by the Chennai Super Kings. Later he was awarded the man of the match in finals and helped Chennai Super Kings to win the IPL trophy for the second time in a row.[14] He scored 95 of 52 balls with 4 fours and 6 sixes with a blistering strike rate of 183.[15]

In the beginning of IPL 2012, Vijay struggled to return to form. His first few matches was a disaster for Chennai, as he was out of form yet he was the opening batsmen for Chennai Super Kings.[16] But he had his luck returned to him when he scored 113 of just 59 balls. With the century he became the only Indian cricketer to have scored two centuries in the history of DLF IPL.[17]

With massive buys of Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith in the IPL 2014 the Chennai Super Kings will not miss Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey too much.[18] In the IPL 2014 Auction held in February, he was sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 5 Crores.[19]

Season by season at IPL (till IPL6)[edit]

IPL Batting Statistics of Murali Vijay
Year Team Inns Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 4s 6s
2009 Chennai Super Kings[20][21][22][23][24] 4 60 31 15.00 89.55 0 0 4 2
2010 15 458 127 35.23 156.84 1 2 36 26
2011 16 434 95 27.12 128.02 0 3 34 20
2012 14 336 113 25.84 125.84 1 0 39 10
2013 15 312 55 22.38 109.09 0 2 27 8
2009–2013 Total[25] 64 1600 127 26.66 127.89 2 7 140 66

International Centuries[edit]

Test Centuries
Murali Vijay's Test Centuries
No. Score Match Balls 4s 6s Against Venue Year Result
1 139 8 310 14 2  Australia M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India 2010 India won by 7 wickets[26]
2 167 14 361 23 2  Australia Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad, India 2013 India won by an innings and 135 runs[27]
3 153 15 317 19 3  Australia Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh, India 2013 India won by 6 wickets[27]
4 146 23 361 25 1  England Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England 2014 Match Drawn

External links[edit]


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  17. ^ "Second Qualifier M Vijay hits fastest ton of IPL5". Hindustan times. 
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  23. ^ "Indian Premier League, 2012 / Records / Most runs". Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
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