Prior to today’s match, Murali Vijay had played 28 test matches and had 4 centuries and 8 half centuries to his credit with a reasonable test average of almost 38. Well, in the International cricket arena, when any cricketer reaches 30 years and eight months, it is normally apprehended that he is leading towards a last stage of his carrier unless he possess some outstanding glorious records. But perhaps this is the patience, and determination of Murali Vijay that he is successfully utilizing his experience while contributing substantially in this very crucial tour of Australia.
For the long term, the Indian cricket administrators must be feeling elevated now as they have got a very dependable and contented opener in the form of Murali Vijay. In fact a few of the fans find it little strange that after having played his debut test match in 2008, Murali has not been proved to be very consistent. But his last four batting figures 51, 60, 53 and 144 show his brilliant performance in the ongoing tour of Australia. Hi recent performances amply justify his superb cricketing skills which he has been displaying through his timely and much needed contribution expected from an opener. Of course he was dropped twice today but this is the part of the package.
He had a sensational entry in the world of cricket in 2008, when he scored a wonderful 462 runs opening partnership with Abhinav Mukund in a first class match. But thereafter he could not contribute much in the tour of West Indies in 2011. Also his performance in the IPL was not very outstanding. Another strange phenomenon used to be labeled with Murali was that he is having a switch on and switch off kind of equation and if the switch is on he proves to be very effective otherwise he throws away his wicket in a rather careless manner.
But finally Murali Vijay was able to display his immense batting skills when he was given an opportunity to play a full test series against Australia in the year 2012-13. He impressed one and all when he scored back-to-back 150s. He was very successful in displaying his improved back-foot play and the ability to buckle down and play time. On a personal note I strongly believe that a rock solid foundation built by the openers always pave way for victory and make it easy for the middle order batsmen to play stress free and in this context I see the role of Murali Vijay at par with MS Dhoni, who happens to be the best finisher.
Recently, Murali Vijay has shown maturity and sense of responsibility. His fitness level, footwork and running between the wickets are really impressive and his ability to leave the tricky delivery is truly excellent. Let us hope that with the remaining time of 3-4 years, Murali Vijay will continue to spread his magic and will play a pivotal role in the world cup.