43 Facts About Murali Vijay

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Murali Vijay was born on 1 April 1984 and is an Indian international cricketer who plays as a right-handed opening batsman.

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Murali Vijay was a regular member of the Indian Test team until 2018 and plays for Tamil Nadu in domestic first-class cricket.

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Murali Vijay quickly came up the ranks and made his first-class debut for the Tamil Nadu senior team in 2006.

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Murali Vijay first played club cricket in Chennai representing Alwarpet in 2003.

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Murali Vijay scored 38 in the quarterfinal against Railways who won the match by one run.

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Murali Vijay accumulated a total of 628 runs at an average of more than 52, including two hundreds and one fifty.

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Murali Vijay batted at 3 in the first match against North Zone and scored a duck and 39.

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Murali Vijay found success batting at 3, making back-to-back hundreds against Hyderabad and Andhra.

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In September 2008, Murali Vijay was picked in the India A team to play against the touring New Zealand A team in two 4-day matches.

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10.

Murali Vijay carried on his good form and made 45 and 59 in the first match, batting at 3, helping India A win by 129 runs.

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Murali Vijay opened the innings and scored 98 and 0 in the second match, in which New Zealand A secured victory.

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12.

In October 2008, Murali Vijay was named in the India Red team for the Challenger Trophy.

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13.

Murali Vijay played as an opener and finished second among highest run-scorers of the tournament with 164 runs from 3 matches at an average of 54.

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14.

Murali Vijay made his Test debut against Australia in the Fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, in Nagpur, in November 2008.

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Murali Vijay 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.

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Murali Vijay was participating in a Ranji trophy match at the time, and made his Test debut on the final day of that match.

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17.

Murali Vijay partnered Virender Sehwag, and they got India off to a solid start in both innings.

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Murali Vijay made 33 and 41, contributing to opening stands of 98 and 116.

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19.

Murali Vijay then ran out Michael Hussey when fielding at silly point.

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Hussey was unaware that Murali 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 Murali Vijay threw down the stumps.

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21.

Murali Vijay did not get to play, and was dropped after the first three matches upon the return of senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar from a break.

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22.

In December 2009, Murali 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.

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23.

Murali Vijay played in the Second Test in Mirpur in Laxman's No 5 position, scoring 30.

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24.

Murali Vijay was later selected as the reserve opener for away series against Sri Lanka in August 2010 and the home series against Australia in October 2010.

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25.

Murali Vijay played in the Second and Third Tests against Sri Lanka after Gambhir was injured.

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26.

Murali Vijay got another opportunity when Gambhir, was injured in the first match against Australia and was ruled out of Second Test.

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27.

Murali Vijay scored 139 runs in the first innings, his maiden Test century, featuring in a triple century partnership with Sachin Tendulkar.

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Murali Vijay had an amazing series against Australia and was the highest scorer with 430 runs including two centuries both which were 150+ and an amazing half century.

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29.

Murali Vijay scored his first Test century outside India on in July 2014 at Trent Bridge against England.

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30.

Murali Vijay finished as the leading run scorer for India in the series with 402 runs from five matches.

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31.

When India toured Australia later in the same year, Murali Vijay scored a patient and a steady 99 at the Adelaide Oval putting up a partnership of 185 with his skipper Virat Kohli to almost take India to an improbable victory, chasing 364 in the fourth innings.

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32.

Murali Vijay's dismissal triggered the batting collapse and India lost the test by a close margin.

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33.

Murali Vijay was at his fluent best in the second test at the Gabba, Brisbane.

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34.

Murali Vijay scored 144 at a brisk pace to take India to a position of strength on the first day.

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35.

Murali Vijay scored his sixth Test hundred in the one-match Test series against Bangladesh in June 2015.

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36.

Murali Vijay debuted in ODIs against South Africa in the third and final one dayer on 27 Feb 2010.

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37.

Murali Vijay started a full series during a tri-nations tournament in Zimbabwe when India rested most of the first-choice team.

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38.

Murali Vijay performed poorly and was dropped for India's fourth match as they came last behind Zimbabwe.

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39.

Murali Vijay was selected for New Zealand 5 ODI series 2010 and he played first 3 ODI in which he scored an average of 30.

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40.

Murali Vijay fared poorly in India's disastrous campaign averaging just below 15 and failing to provide good starts in all the matches.

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41.

Murali Vijay played in the Indian Premier League for his home town franchise, Chennai Super Kings until the sixth season of the competition before moving to Delhi Daredevils.

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42.

Murali Vijay missed out the entire 2017 season due to wrist surgery.

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43.

Murali Vijay is married to Nikita Vanjara who was earlier married to Dinesh Karthik, but later got divorced.

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