‘Underrated opener’ – Fans celebrate Murali Vijay’s career as he announces his retirement from international cricket

 ‘Underrated opener’ – Fans celebrate Murali Vijay’s career as he announces his retirement from international cricket

Murali Vijay (Source: Twitter)

Veteran Indian batter Murali Vijay on Monday announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. Vijay, who last represented India in the year 2018, announced his decision through his social media handles.

“Today, immense gratitude and humility, I announce my retirement from all forms of international cricket. My journey from 2002 to 2018 has been the most wonderful years of my life for it was an honour representing India at the highest level of sport,” the Indian star wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the former Indian opener, who recently expressed his wish for continuing with cricket assignments abroad has announced that he will be looking for new opportunities and will continue to be part of the sport. “I am excited to announce that I will be exploring new opportunities in the world of cricket & the business side of it, where I will also continue to participate in the sport that I love and challenge myself in a new and different environment. I believe that this is the next step in my journey as a cricketer and I look forward to this new chapter in my life,” he added.

“I am almost done with Indian Cricket Board (smiles) and looking for opportunities abroad. I want to play a little bit of competitive cricket. After 30 in India, it’s a taboo (smiles). I think people see us as 80-year-olds walking on the street. The media should also address it differently. I feel you are peaking in your 30s. Sitting here right now, I feel I can bat the best way I can. But unfortunately, the opportunities were less, and I had to search for chances outside,” Vijay had stated earlier.

Murali Vijay made his debut in 2008

Murali Vijay made his international debut for India in a Test against Australia in 2008. He played an important role opening the innings from early 2010s till 2017. In 61 Tests, he has scored 3982 runs at an average of 38.28, including 12 centuries and 15 half-centuries.

In ODIs, he played 17 matches for the ‘Men-in-Blue’ and scored 339 runs at an average of 21.18 and a strike rate of 66.99. He also had one half-century to his name in the format. He further played nine T20Is and scored 169 runs averaging a little over 18 with a strike rate of over 109.

The Tamil Nadu player also left his mark on the Indian T20 League while playing for Chennai Franchise. The opener scored two centuries in the tournament and amassed a total of 2619 runs at a strike rate of 121.87 from 106 matches.

Meanwhile, Twitter was abuzz with reactions on Murali Vijay’s retirement. Here are some of the Tweets:



Bethive Staff

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