Veteran cricketer Murali Vijay made the headlines after he announced his retirement from international cricket. The right-handed batsman represented Team India in 61 Tests, 17 ODIs and 9 T20Is in his entire career.
Overall, he has scored 3982 runs in 61 Tests at an average of 38.3 including 12 centuries and 15 half-centuries to his name. He registered his personal best score of 167 in the longest format of the game.
Moreover, he thoroughly enjoyed batting in Test cricket when compared to the other two formats. He scored 339 runs in 17 ODIs at an average of 21.2 including one half-century to his name. Murali Vijay scored 48 runs in 9 T20Is.
Murali Vijay retires from international cricket
The Tamil Nadu cricketer announced his decision via an official statement on Twitter on January 30, Monday. He was once a regular Test opening batsman for Team India in the longest format of the game.
However, he fell out of the selectors’ radar after a series of dismal knocks in the IPL 2018 season. He left a good impression while playing for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
The dashing opener used to score runs at a rate of knots during his stint at CSK. The 38-year-old spent most of the time at CSK in the IPL. Overall, he has played 106 games in the IPL, scoring 2619 runs.
The right-handed batsman smashed two centuries and 13 fifties to his credit at a pretty decent strike rate of 121.9. In his retirement statement, he mentioned that his journey from 2002 to 2018 has been the most wonderful years of his life.
Besides that, he said it has been an absolute honour for him to represent the Indian cricket team at the highest level. He further added that he was indeed grateful to the BCCI for giving him opportunities to showcase his mettle.
The veteran also said he is also grateful to Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, Chennai Super Kings and Chemplast Sanmar for giving him opportunities.
I would go on to say that this guy was our 2nd best opener ever, even better than sehwag. Congratulations on a great career. Happy retirement https://t.co/lunv0HREw2Advertisement
— A (@SQD05) January 30, 2023
Better than Sehwag???
— Devesh (@cricketislove__) January 30, 2023Advertisement
one of the coolest catchers of all time, made it look so easyAdvertisement
— Ghumman (@emclub77) January 30, 2023
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 30, 2023Advertisement
I remember he was India's best batter after kohli in away test tours during 2012-14 period.Advertisement
— Rafay (@theslipscordon) January 30, 2023
He was so good in so many overseas tests. That knock of 99 in Adelaide will always be special.
— Aditya (@Adityakrsaha) January 30, 2023Advertisement
One of the fine openers in test for India and in IPL for CSK.His some unforgettable IPL knockout knocks will be remembered forever!Advertisement
— Kowshick Mallick (@Syntax_error_7) January 30, 2023
With better test average than vice captain kl rahul
Murli vijay average 38 after 61 tests
Kl rahul 34 after 45 tests
— Viraj Kadam (@Virajkada46) January 30, 2023Advertisement
The best innings was in Hyderabad against Australia. He scored best 167 runs pic.twitter.com/H4NlQcaz9WAdvertisement
— Sports.world (@moiz_sports) January 30, 2023
One of the most styles opener from india
— Deepak Rawat (@Deepak30658782) January 30, 2023Advertisement