Murali Vijay is in line to replace Gautam Gambhir at the top of the Indian innings. With several matches already under his belt, Vijay is tipped to earn a recall to the Test side when the team is announced this week.
Vijay has done everything possible to put himself in contention. His first-class career for Tamil Nadu has been exemplary. The right-handed opener has amassed 4461 runs in just 99 innings for his local side. His 11 centuries, including a career best 266, suggest he is ready to slot into the Test side on a permanent basis.
His debut came against Australia in 2008 at Nagpur. Vijay posted scores of 33 and 41 in a solid display that indicated he was ready for the step up to international cricket. His two run-outs broke crucial Australian partnerships and helped guide India to a crushing 172 run win.
His second Test cap was against Sri Lanka twelve months later, where he fell 13 runs short of a maiden century. He had quickly forged a strong bond with Sehwag; the pair had averaged 145 for the opening stand in their first three innings.
Vijay has played a total of 12 Test matches for India, highlighted by a memorable 139 against Australia in Bangalore. Despite his promising form, Vijay hasn’t donned the whites since the drawn match against the West Indies in 2011.
The opening batsman has endured a patchy ODI career spanning just 11 games. With just 196 runs under his belt, Vijay has found it difficult to break into the successful Indian side since losing his spot in 2011.
Murali Vijay has been a pivotal cog for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. He has been at the franchise since 2009, and is regarded as one of their most influential players. 2010 was a standout year for the talented batsman, as Vijay led the Super Kings to both the IPL and the CLT20 titles. His 127 off 56 balls against the Rajasthan Royals remains one of the best knocks in the history of the competition. His 113 in last year’s tournament saw him become the first Indian batsman to register multiple centuries in the IPL.