Murali Vijay retires from international cricket.

Out-of-favour India player Murali Vijay on Monday announce his retirement from international cricket. Check out full details here.

Murali Vijay retires from international cricket.

Veteran India batter Murali Vijay called time on his international career on Monday, 30 January. Known for his ability as a Test opener, Vijay leaves after scoring 12 Test centuries in 61 matches.

Announcing his decision on Twitter, Vijay said he would be “exploring new opportunities in the world of cricket & the business side of it”.

In a long post, Vijay thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Chemplast Sanmar, his teammates, coaches, mentors, support staff and his fans.

Vijay has been playing cricket since 2002. He started off with club cricket in Chennai and made it to TN Under 22 squad in 2004. He made

“I am almost done with BCCI [smiles] and looking for opportunities abroad. I want to play little bit of competitive cricket,” Vijay told W.V. Raman on ‘Wednesdays with WV”, a weekly show on Sportstar.

The right-handed batter who featured in 61 Tests, 17 ODIs and nine T20 Internationals last played for the country in the Perth Test against Australia in December 2018.

In 61 Tests, Vijay scored 3,982 runs at an average of 38.28 with a highest score of 167. He hit 12 hundreds and 15 half-centuries.

Murali Vijay retires from international cricket.

In 17 ODIs, he made 339 runs and in seven T20Is, he got 169 runs.

His Test debut was against Australia in the 2008-09 season at Nagpur as a replacement for Gautam Gambhir.

In the IPL, he shone for CSK and the runs he scored turned the attention on him. In the 2010 season, Vijay scored 458 runs for the Super Kings with a century and two fifties, including a blistering 127 against Rajasthan Royals in Chennai, which brought him into the national reckoning.

Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 61 17 135 94
Runs scored 3,982 339 9,205 3,644
Batting average 38.29 21.18 41.84 40.04
100s/50s 12/15 0/1 25/38 8/19
Top score 167 72 266 155
Balls bowled 354 36 1,073 287
Wickets 1 1 11 9
Bowling average 198.00 37.00 56.27 29.33
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/12 1/19 3/46 3/13
Catches/stumpings 49/– 9/– 118/– 42/–

“To all my team-mates, coaches, mentors and support staff: It has been an absolute privilege to have played with you all, and, I thank you for helping me turn my dream into reality,” he wrote in his farewell note.

Thanking fans for their support through his ups and downs, he said, “I will forever cherish the moments I spent with you all and your support has always been a source of motivation for me.

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