INDIA: Former Indian opener Murali Vijay has called time on his international cricket career, which spanned seven years and saw him represent India in 61 Test matches, 17 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and 9 T20 Internationals.
The 38-year-old has expressed his desire to move on to new opportunities in cricket and business. Murali Vijay added a cheeky dig at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He revealed that he is looking for opportunities abroad and still desires to play competitive cricket.
Murali Vijay announced the news on social media platforms
Vijay’s announcement came via a statement on social media, expressing his gratitude and humility for having represented India at the sport’s highest level.
In addition to his international career, Vijay was also a valuable player in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He played for multiple IPL teams such as Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils now known as Delhi Capitals, and Kings XI Punjab (now called Punjab Kings) in 106 matches and scored 2,619 runs at an impressive strike rate of 121.87 with two centuries and 13 fifties to his name.
Despite last playing for India in 2018 in Perth, Vijay expressed his desire to return to the sport and play competitive cricket, albeit abroad. “I am almost done with BCCI,” he quipped and added that he was looking for opportunities abroad while on a talk show with WV Raman.
Furthermore, Vijay also spoke about the need for a mentality shift with regard to a player’s age, a subject that has come to the forefront in recent times.
He emphasised that age is just a number, and it is essential to have the right mindset. According to Murali Vijay, cricket is a sport that requires focus, dedication, and determination. “I believe that a player’s age should not come in the way of their performance,” he said.
In his international career, Vijay scored 3,928 runs in 61 Tests and 339 runs in 17 ODIs, and Indian cricket fans will undoubtedly remember his performances.
With his retirement, he now sets his sights on new opportunities in the world of cricket and business, and fans will be eager to see what he will bring to the table in his next chapter.
Murali Vijay’s retirement marks the end of an era in Indian cricket, and his legacy will remain as one of India’s finest openers.
His determination, focus, and dedication to the sport will continue to inspire young cricketers for years to come. He will always be remembered by fans for his contribution to Indian cricket.
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