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Murali Vijay
Personal information
Full name Murali Vijay Krishna
Born 1 April 1984 (1984-04-01) (age 25)
Chennai, India
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Off-spin
Role Batsman
International information
National side India
Only Test 6 November 2008 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
2005– Tamil Nadu cricket team
2009–present Chennai Super Kings
Career statistics
Competition Tests FC LA
Matches 2 33 28
Runs scored 161 2,861 1,220
Batting average 53.66 55.01 45.18
100s/50s 0/1 7/13 4/5
Top score 87 243 112
Balls bowled 186 75
Wickets 1 4
Bowling average 118.00 13.50
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/16 3/13
Catches/stumpings 3/– 36/– 15/–
Source: CricketArchive, 17 October 2009

Murali Vijay (born April 1, 1984 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) is an Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed opening batsman.

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 40, 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 team for the first three matches against a 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.[1]

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.

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