Full name Murali Vijay
Born April 1, 1984, Chennai
Current age 24 years 218 days
Major teams Tamil Nadu
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|First-class debut||Delhi v Tamil Nadu at Delhi, Nov 23-26, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||India A v New Zealand A at Chennai, Oct 3-6, 2008 scorecard|
|List A debut||Karnataka v Tamil Nadu at Secunderabad, Feb 16, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||India Blue v India Red at Cuttack, Oct 26, 2008 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Goa v Tamil Nadu at Visakhapatnam, Apr 4, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Punjab v Tamil Nadu at Mumbai (BS), Apr 21, 2007 scorecard|
A tall, solid opening batsman, M Vijay was an instant success in his debut Ranji season with Tamil Nadu, finishing as the third-highest run-getter with 628 runs in seven games at a 50-plus average. His half-century on debut was a sign of things to come, as he followed it up with 179 against Andhra in his home ground and rounded off the season with 277 runs in the Ranji one-dayers, finishing second in the run charts for his state. He shrugged off an ordinary start to the 2007-08 season with an unbeaten double hundred against Saurashtra and almost matched his exploits from the previous season, boosting his selection for the Duleep Trophy. He carried on his good form to the one-day tournament, averaging an impressive 51 in seven matches, pushing his selection in a fringe Indian squad for a short tour of Israel.
Vijay was picked for the India A squad to face New Zealand A in two Tests at the start of the 2008-09 season, and scored 200 runs in four innings. Included in the India Red team for the Challenger Trophy, he finished as the tournament’s second-highest run-getter. He carried that form into the first game of the Ranji Trophy, with a 243 against Maharashtra. With Gautam Gambhir facing a one-Test ban, Vijay was called up as cover for the fourth Test against Australia in Nagpur.
Kanishkaa Balachandran November 2008