Picture of Murali Vijay

Murali Vijay

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
India, India A, India B, India Blue, India Red, Rest of India, South Zone, Chennai, Delhi, Central Stags, Tamil Nadu
Roles played:
ICC Rank:
April 01, 1984, Chennai


For someone who picked up the game at the age of 17, Murali Vijay has surely come a long way. A prolific scorer in the domestic circuit, the Tamil Nadu opener got his lucky break when in 2008, Gautam Gambhir was banned for a Test against Australia. The opener made a quietly confident start to his career making 33 and 41 on debut. However, the return of Gambhir meant that he had to wait until 2009 for his second chance. Vijay struck a fine 87 falling tantalisingly short of his maiden century. He played a part in the Bangladesh and South Africa Test series before making his ODI debut against South Africa in 2010.

A batsman who epitomises elegance, Vijay has a wide array of shots but at times is criticized for not converting starts. He played some crucial knocks in the shortest format but the runs dried up in the longest format and his first-class form took a steep downward slope. After just one century in Tests, he went through a barren run and failed miserably in his only full series as a Test opener. He was dropped from the side but after nearly two years, a double-century in the Irani Trophy and a strong run in the Challenger Trophy in 2012 powered his career revival as he was selected for the Test series against Australia. He made sure that this time he made the most of the opportunity with back-to-back 150 plus scores.

For six seasons, Murali Vijay enjoyed a very prosperous time with the Chennai franchise in the Indian T20 League. However, for the seventh edition, Chennai did not retain him and their loss was Delhi’s gain who drafted the talented opener for 5 crores.

Fast Facts

  • Murali Vijay was the highest run-getter in the Ranji Trophy in his debut season (2005), scoring 628 runs at an average above 50.
  • His 221 with Sehwag against Sri Lanka in 2009 is the highest first wicket partnership in Tests at the Brabourne Stadium.
  • Vijay scored a 56-ball 127 during the 2010 IPL, and with 417 runs was the second highest run-getter for Chennai in the tournament.
  • In 2008, Vijay put on 462 runs with Abhinav Mukund for the first wicket in a Ranji Trophy game.
  • Vijay was the most successful batsman in the 2010 Champions League T20 .


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 22 37 1304 0 35.24 47.53 3 4 167
ODI 14 13 253 0 19.46 66.40 0 0 33
T20 7 7 122 0 17.42 98.38 0 0 48
IPL 66 66 1618 4 26.09 127.10 2 7 127
CLT20 19 19 497 0 26.15 118.05 0 3 73
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 22 1 6 3 0 0/3 / - 3.00 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 22 0 3
ODI 8 0 1
T20 3 0 0
IPL 32 0 1
CLT20 9 0 0


India Vs Australia at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur - Nov 06, 2008
Last played:
India Vs New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington - Feb 14, 2014
India Vs South Africa at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera - Ahmedabad - Feb 27, 2010
Last played:
India Vs Sri Lanka at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad - Jul 09, 2013
India Vs Afghanistan at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St Lucia - May 01, 2010
Last played:
India Vs South Africa at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban - Jan 09, 2011
Chennai Vs Delhi at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - May 02, 2009
Last played:
Delhi Vs Kolkata at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai - Apr 19, 2014
Chennai Vs Central Stags at Kingsmead, Durban - Sep 11, 2010
Last played:
Chennai Vs Rajasthan at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur - Oct 04, 2013