My philosophy is that I can survive on the streets: Murali Vijay

Shashi / 19 May 2015

Murali Vijay, who has been a regular member in the Indian test squad for over a season now, has spoken about the problems he faced in his life to become a cricketer and the dark area of his life when he married the ex-wife of his Indian team mate Dinesh Karthik.

Vijay said that he left his house after failing in the 12th standard with the comments from his father about becoming a peon still ringing, and went to a hotel with no beds and started working at snooker parlor. Vijay said that he has always been street-smart and that this period in life gave him the confidence that he could live independently even on the streets.

Vijay, who always had dreams of playing International Cricket, was rejected a place in the state team at the age of 21 for having long hair and Vijay felt that his character could not be judged by his hair and that it was unfair to him. But Vijay admitted that he had to change the way he portrayed himself and that he had a bit of an ego which, had he got rid of earlier, would have helped him to debut for India before 2008.

On his marriage, Vijay said that he is not comfortable sharing personal things but added that it was difficult for all the three involved but felt that they handled it very well.

Vijay, who was not picked for the World Cup though being a regular started for India in tests, said that playing for a nation is a gift and that one cannot be greedy and has to take what comes his way.

He will be seen opening for India again in the tests in Bangladesh and he hopes to cement his place further at the top of the Indian batting order.

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