Murali Vijay is member of India’s famed top-order. Apart from loads of runs, Vijay has stylish cricket to offer to his spectators. To Vijay’s credit, he has good overseas records as well, unlike many of his teammates who have failed on pacer-friendly tracks. Vijay came in place of Gautam Gambhir to become India’s opener after two years of brilliant First-Class cricket for Tamil Nadu, including a 462-run partnership with Abhinav Mukund. Post 2011, Vijay succeeded Gambhir to cement his spot.
Vijay’s performance in the Border-Gavaskar trophies (home and away) has been phenomenal and Australia soon became his favourite opponent. He played two 150-plus knocks in home and scored 144 at Brisbane – all within the span of 2013 to 2014. He also scored a 97 at Durban and a 146 at Nottingham.
With many big knocks, Vijay also became a regular name in IPL. However, that helped Vijay little to find a permanent spot in India’s limited-overs squad.