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Full name Murali Vijay
Born April 1, 1984, Chennai
Current age 30 years 362 days
Major teams India, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Tamil Nadu
Playing role Opening batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||India v Australia at Nagpur, Nov 6-10, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v India at Sydney, Jan 6-10, 2015 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v South Africa at Ahmedabad, Feb 27, 2010 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain, Jul 9, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Afghanistan v India at Gros Islet, May 1, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v India at Durban, Jan 9, 2011 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Delhi v Tamil Nadu at Delhi, Nov 23-26, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Karnataka v Tamil Nadu at Mumbai, Mar 8-12, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Karnataka v Tamil Nadu at Secunderabad, Feb 16, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Karnataka v Tamil Nadu at Secunderabad, Nov 10, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Goa v Tamil Nadu at Visakhapatnam, Apr 4, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils at Mumbai, May 23, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|5, 0/40, 27||Tamil Nadu||v Karnataka||Mumbai||8 Mar 2015||FC|
|28||Tamil Nadu||v Maharashtra||Kolkata||25 Feb 2015||FC|
|96, 16||Tamil Nadu||v Vidarbha||Jaipur||16 Feb 2015||FC|
|32, 104*||Tamil Nadu||v Baroda||Vadodara||6 Feb 2015||FC|
|27, 2/33||Tamil Nadu||v Mumbai||Chennai||21 Jan 2015||FC|
|0, 80||India||v Australia||Sydney||6 Jan 2015||Test # 2156|
|0/14, 68, 11||India||v Australia||Melbourne||26 Dec 2014||Test # 2152|
|144, 27||India||v Australia||Brisbane||17 Dec 2014||Test # 2149|
|0/29, 53, 0/27, 99||India||v Australia||Adelaide||9 Dec 2014||Test # 2148|
|60||Indians||v CA XI||Adelaide||4 Dec 2014||Other|
M Vijay brings, along with his bat, pads and gloves, an invisible switch to the crease. When that switch is flicked on, given certain conditions, he can be one of the more pleasing sights in present-day cricket; when it is not, he can scratch and struggle on the flattest of pitches. He prefers to play off the front foot, which can bring his downfall, but it also produces some sensational hits down the ground, including the trademark pick-up shot over wide long-on.
In his first few seasons of first-class cricket, Vijay became famous for converting starts into huge scores. One of those big scores came in a 462-run opening stand with Abhinav Mukund, which earned him a Test call-up in 2008-09 as replacement for Gautam Gambhir, who was serving a one-match ban for an on-field altercation. The Test opportunities remained limited, but the IPL provided him with another sphere of influence.
However, the IPL also coincided with the drying up of huge scores. He kept scoring big in crucial IPL matches, but it seemed to have taken patience out of his game. There was a period of about four years during which he scored as many first-class centuries as in Twenty20s: two. It didn't help that he failed in the only full series he got as a Test opener, in the West Indies in 2011.
When Vijay was finally given another full Test series, against Australia in 2012-13, it was a selectorial punt based more on potential than runs in domestic cricket. Vijay turned the punt into a jackpot, scoring back-to-back 150s, impressing with his improved back-foot play and the ability to buckle down and play time. The efforts against Australia took his tally of 150-plus scores to seven out of 13 first-class hundreds, and earned him an ODI recall for the 2013 Champions Trophy in England - though a poor run in the warm-up games meant he did not make the playing eleven in the tournament.
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan