Seasoned opening batsman Murali Vijay will miss the entire upcoming domestic season for Tamil Nadu. The domestic season will commence from the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy from the tenth of January – the first instance of the same since March 2020. Murali Vijay confirmed his availability to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNPA) on Saturday.
Murali Vijay is one of the most experienced domestic campaigner, having made his first-class debut and List A debut in 2006 and his first appearance for Tamil Nadu in T20 cricket a year later. The former Indian opener has participated in 135 first-class fixtures and 94 List A games. Vijay played in three IPL matches for the Chennai Super Kings but couldn’t strike form as his highest score was 21.
The Tamil Nadu opening batsman has also featured in 61 Tests for India – the last of which came in December 2018 against Australia. The 36-year old has 3982 runs at 38.28 alongside 12 centuries and 15 fifties. TNCA also confirmed that medium-pacer K Vighnesh tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and has been replaced by RS Jagannath Srinivas.
Murali Vijay is an experienced campaigner and brings solidity at the top: TNCA official
A TNCA official confirmed that Murali Vijay would opt out of the entire domestic season for personal reasons without giving any further explanations. The official added that he is a veteran player, who brings solidity at the top; however, Vijay’s absence allows other players to make an impact and flourish.
“He informed us that we would be skipping the upcoming season for personal reasons. He did not mention anything further. It is a very big blow for us ahead of the season because he is an experienced campaigner and brings solidity at the top. But his absence gives other players an opportunity to make an impact for the state side,” the official said as quoted by Times of India.