The Chennai Super Kings is the most successful franchise in the IPL so far. A lot of it has to do with the outstanding blend of international talent that they have at their disposal. Murali Vijay first played for India in 2008 in a Test match in Australia and from then on he has been regarded as one of the best batting talents in India. Although it was thought that he would not be able to succeed in T20s due to his orthodox technique, nothing could be farther from the truth as Vijay has now become a regular member of the highly talented CSK side.
Murali Vijay can either bat as an opener or as at number 3 depending on the situation but his preferred position is at the opener’s slot. As a matter of fact, it is as an opener that he has played some of his best innings like the one in the final of IPL 6 when he simply dismantled the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack to set up the win.
The most refreshing feature about his batting is the fact that he gets most of his runs through orthodox shots and perhaps a shot that he has almost made his own- the ‘pick up’ shot that he plays over mid-wicket. He is a supremely fit athlete and contributes a lot as an outstanding fielder as well.
At the time when he was snapped up by the Chennai Super Kings in 2009, he went for a measly $200,000 but it is safe to say that he will surely trigger a bidding war among more than one franchise if he is not retained by the CSK.
Murali Vijay has delivered plenty of stellar performances over the years for the Chennai Super Kings. Statistically, his best effort has been the whirlwind 127 in an astonishing 56 balls (4*8, 6*11) that he scored against the Rajasthan Royals in 2010. Needless to say, the CSK won that match comfortably. However, if one has to consider his impact as a big match player then one should not look past the outstanding knock that Vijay played in the IPL 6 final. In a display of brutal hitting, he scored 95 runs of a mere 52 balls to take the CSK to such a score that is unlikely to be chased down in a final.
One of the most unique records that Vijay holds is that of being the only Indian to have scored 2 centuries in the IPL and although it is a record that would surely be broken in the future, it cannot be denied that he is the first player to have accomplished it. On the other hand he has amassed a total of 1600 runs with an average of 26.66 (and an excellent strike rate of 127) across 49 innings spread over 4 seasons of the IPL. Although he had a poor season in 2013 by his standards, he still scored 312 runs in the tournament, which can hardly be called poor. Expect him to be one of the stars of the IPL for many years to come.
Did You Know?
Murali Vijay’s present wife is the ex wife of Dinesh Karthik.Seems DK divorced her after knowin she had an affair wit Vijay and got pregnant
— Trollywoods (@Troll24x7) July 26, 2013
Vijay is nicknamed ‘Baba’ and it is a name that has stuck to him right from the time he used to play league cricket in Chennai; however one should not be under the assumption that he was given this nickname for being overtly spiritual. Actually, it is his liking for ‘Old Monk’ Black Rum that he had been given this nickname by his teammates. However, a current rumor doing the rounds does not exactly cover Vijay’s glory and that is related to his affair with Dinesh Karthik’s first wife Nikita. As a matter of fact, the affair supposedly came to Karthik’s attention in 2012 and one does not need to be a rocket scientist to figure out why the Indian wicket keeper divorced Nikita and remarried.
By Soham Sammadar