Touted largely as India's first-choice opener in red-ball cricket - Murali Vijay plays an immensely important role in Indian team's batting line-up. Seen as an all-conditions' batting expert, Vijay had consistently proved his mettle in overseas conditions with his adaptable batting technique. He has the ability to stand up tall on the bouncy pitches of Australia and South Africa, and can also easily counter the seam and swing movement of the Dukes in English conditions. Just like any other Indian batsmen, Vijay can play spin exceptionally well with nimble foot movement that helps him to get to the pitch of the ball and play accordingly. After the toils of first-class cricket for his state side - Tamil Nadu, Vijay became famous for converting starts into huge scores. One of those big scores came in a 462-run opening stand with compatriot Abhinav Mukund, which earned him a Test call-up in 2008-09. He was called as replacement for Gautam Gambhir in the fourth Test against Australia in Nagpur. Post that, Vijay never looked back and went on to establish himself as a seasoned campaigner for the Indian team particularly in cricket's most challenging format - Test cricket. He is just as valuable to the Indian team as compared to Kohli, Pujara or Rahane and is India's go-to man at the highest level for the toughest conditions. In the glitzy Indian Premier League, the Chennai-born batsman plays for two-time champions Chennai Super Kings. Major teams: India, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Lyca Kovai Kings, Tamil Nadu Playing role: Opening batsman Batting style: Right-hand bat Bowling style: Right-arm offbreakread more
Medium-pacer K Vignesh, who tested positive for coronavirus, was replaced in the probables list by R S Jaganath Sinivas.
Batsman K.B Arun Karthick, who returns to play for Tamil Nadu after a gap of seven years, and medium-pacer Sandeep Warrier, who moved from Kerala ahead of the season, have also been included in the list
'Beautiful timing, gifted bat swing!' exclaims Murali Vijay in awe of MS Dhoni's six during a practice match.
Former Indian cricketer Kris Srikkanth has said that he is 'proud' of how the likes of Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin and Murali Vijay were groomed during his tenure as chief selector.
A lot had changed when IPL had rolled into its fourth edition. There increase in the number of teams, players and a slight change in format was made as well. But formidability factor and the stronghold over the title from CSK remained the same.
Notably, the pair have opened together in 41 Test innings scoring 1748 runs ar 43.70 with three-century stands. They are the third-highest Indian opening pair in Tests
Perry, in conversation with Sony Sports in an Instagram Live session, said that it was very kind of him to pick her name.
Vijay has been part of CSK's three IPL winning campaigns, scoring 2173 runs in 86 innings at 26.50. He is in fact the fourth-highest run-getter in CSK after Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Mike Hussey.
Vijay gave the example of the 2014 England series where he and Dhoni shared a 126-run partnership at Trent Bridge.
The incident happened just two balls before tea in the 70th over when Ravichandran Ashwin and Co. vociferously made a caught behind appeal against Pavan Deshpande but it was shot down by umpire Nitin Pandit.
Uttar Pradesh batsman Upendra Yadav scored a 41-ball 70 to power the side to a five-wicket victory over Tamil Nadu in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
India's out-of-favour opening batsman Murali Vijay has said that he only wants to play cricket, and is not worried about playing for India, or at the 'world level'.
India's out-of-favour opening batsman Murali Vijay will join County side Somerset for a three-game stint. He will be replacing Pakistan's Azhar Ali in the side.
Murali Vijay featured in three Specsavers County Championship matches for Essex last season, scoring over 320 runs at an average of 64.60.
The hugely popular Suresh Raina (56), coming in at number three, was the only batter to post a half-century.
VVS Laxman also said that he was surprised to see India's choice of the new opening pair, while adding that the team management should have backed Murali Vijay.
KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have failed to score big in any of the four innings they had in Australia till now in this tour.
There is no doubt that Virat Kohli and Co. have every right to revel in their hard-fought triumph, a few headaches persist even after the fabulous win.
Dada also sees the tour as an opportunity for Virat Kohli to stamp his name among the greatest captains in the history of Indian cricket.
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