Chennai: Former India opener Murali Vijay has retired from international cricket. In his retirement note, Vijay wrote that he was embarking on a journey to find new pastures and opportunities in world cricket.
38-year-old Vijay has played 61 Tests, 17 ODIs and nine Twenty20s for India. He last played in the 2018 Perth Test against Australia. Vijay, the Tamil Nadu star, played his last match in List A cricket in 2019. Also played in the IPL season in September 2020. He came to the Indian team in 2008 as a replacement for Gautam Gambhir. He made his debut in the final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Nagpur. Patience and technical excellence when facing the new ball set the player apart. Noted for technical excellence in India’s tour of England in 2014. Scored 3982 runs in 105 innings. He scored 12 centuries and 15 fifties at an average of 38.28 runs. The highest individual score is 167 runs scored in the Hyderabad Test against Australia in 2013. Between 2013 and 2018, he became a regular presence in the Indian Test team.
Despite being a Test opener, he played 106 matches in the IPL. Delhi Daredevils and Punjab Kings teams were led. He won the title twice (2010 and 2011) with Chennai Super Kings. He scored 95 off 52 balls for Super Kings in the 2011 final against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He scored a total of 2619 runs in the IPL. He scored two centuries and 13 fifties at a strike rate of 121.87. He also played for Essex and Somerset in the English County Championship. He scored 339 runs in 17 ODIs at an average of 21.18. The highest score was 72 runs. He scored 169 runs at an average of 18.77 in nine Twenty20s.