Murali Vijay is suited only for test, the India and Tamil Nadu opener is a stylish batsman. He has developed into a constant performer for the country in Test cricket since the last few seasons and the team counts heavily on him to give good starts. Vijay is well known for his sound batting skill and a potential to score runs in demanding conditions. He loves to play off the front foot and prefers hitting down the ground. Equally proficient off the back-foot, the right-hander is also a strong square of the wicket.
Vijay has persisted the most as he has been a part of the squad since 2008 and, over the years, he has set himself as one of the most consistent top order batsmen as well as the replacement to India’s opening misery since the exit of Gambhir and Sehwag. Vijay has held his nerves whenever he has gone out to bat for some time now. In doing so, he has turned into India’s most splendid Test batsman of late, and his evolution as a classy right-handed batsman as a stance to open the batting was placed up by the consecutive overseas tours.
Murali Vijay is suited only for test
After exciting at home in 2012-13, he had been confident of a place in the first eleven when the Indian team first toured in South Africa, and in spite of a non-emphatic demonstration, it was the decisive moment for him. When Vijay was finally handed another full Test series, against Australia in 2012-13, it was a pick based more on potential than performance in domestic cricket. Vijay made buoyant by scoring back-to-back 150s and impressed with his polished back-foot play and the potential to get down to business and play time. Vijay shortly became India’s first-choice opening batsman during the Tests in Australia in 2014-15, coming into view as India’s second highest run-getter behind only Virat Kohli. Vijay had brought about ultra-fine adjustments to his batting and it harvested benefits on the course.
From being an exuberant cricket shot player in the IPL T20, he has become the personification of tolerance in the longer format but grabs his chances when he gets them. The transformation of Vijay is mind blowing. He crossed his 50 in 162 balls through the final innings of the Test at Lord’s. The same batsman had achieved one of the fastest T20 hundreds (127 in 56 balls) during the Indian Premier League 2010. Since 1981, only four opening batsmen from Tamil Nadu have represented India.
None of them reached sustained victories and success at the Test level. In spite of his mixed career so far, Vijay so far has four Test hundreds in just 25 matches, which is identical to the merged score of all the four opening batsman from his state over 78 matches. Krish Srikkanth and Sadagoppan Ramesh had two each, while W.V. Raman and Mukund couldn’t score any. Vijay could be the first top class batsman (and not just an opener) from Tamil Nadu who will hit the 50 Test benchmark. He is very sincere and is growing mature with each passing innings. His willpower is his most prized asset and he has always had the required talent and the classy shots. With a batting average of just under 20 in ODI colors, Murali Vijay has not been able to showcase his Test performance in the ODI game. There have only been a few occasions in Test cricket when an Indian batsman has scored more than 600 runs in a test series. Vijay has the superb opportunity of joining this elite club of Dilip Sardesai, Sunil Gavaskar (twice) and Rahul Dravid (twice).