Underrated Murali Vijay retires from International Cricket

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Indian Opener Murali Vijay has retired from all formats of international cricket. Vijay bid adieu to cricket and now wants to explore new opportunities in cricket and see the business side of it. 

The Tamil Nadu opener had possibly hinted at retiring from international cricket as he had earlier said that he was done with BCCI and was looking for opportunities abroad. 

Murali Vijay was a crucial member of the Indian test side from 2013 to 2018. He was one of the most reliable Indian batters overseas. Vijay played 61 Tests, 17 ODIs, and nine T20Is. He debuted in the 2008-09 Border Gavaskar Trophy in Nagpur against Australia while his last international match was against the same opponent in 2018 in Perth. 

In his prime, Vijay was monk-like with a bat in hand and would beautifully leave the balls outside off stump. He was an elegant batter and was pleasing to watch. The reliable opener finished with 3982 runs in 105 innings with an average of 38.28. 

Vijay penned down his emotions

“My journey from 2002-2018 has been the most wonderful years of my life,” he wrote in his retirement note. “It was an honor representing India at the highest level of sport. I am grateful to the opportunities provided by the BCCI, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, Chennai Super Kings, and Chemplast Sanmar [the corporate that runs Jolly Rovers, Vijay’s club team in the TNCA league].”

Vijay looks to explore business opportunities

“I am excited to announce that I will be exploring new opportunities in the world of cricket and the business side of it, where I will also continue to participate in the sport that I love and challenge myself in new and different environments,” 38-year-old Vijay said in a statement. “I believe this is the next step in my journey as a cricketer and I look forward to the new chapter in my life.”

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