Opener Murali Vijay called time on his international career on January 30th, 2023 in an official announcement. Vijay played 61 Tests, 17 ODIs, and nine T20Is in an international career that began in 2008.
He last turned out for India in the Perth Test in December 2018, and last played first-class and List-A cricket, for Tamil Nadu, in late 2019. His last appearance in professional cricket was in the IPL, in September 2020.
Vijay finished with 3982 Test runs in 105 innings at an average of 38.28. He made 12 centuries and 15 half-centuries, with a best of 167 against Australia in Hyderabad in 2013.
"I am excited to announce that I will be exploring new opportunities in the world of cricket and the business side of it, where I will also continue to participate in the sport that I love and challenge myself in new and different environments. I believe this is the next step in my journey as a cricketer and I look forward to the new chapter in my life,” Vijay said in a statement.
He was a key member of the Indian Test side for a five-year period between 2013 and 2018. Apart from India, Vijay was part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team which won two IPL titles in 2010 and 2011. He featured in 106 IPL matches and led two franchises: Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) and Punjab Kings (formerly Kings XI Punjab).
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Overall, he scored 2619 runs in the IPL, with two centuries and 13 half-centuries, scoring his runs at a strike rate of 121.87. He earned the Player of the Match award for his 52-ball 95 in the final against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011.
As he turns a new chapter in his life, M Vijay was congratulated for an excellent cricketing career by the members of the Indian cricketing fraternity on Twitter.
Here are the tweets: