Well, now, how would you describe Murali Vijay? Was looking like an out of form player when he featured for India in the recently-concluded Test series against England eventually losing his place. Now, he -smashed a splendid century on his debut for Essex County Cricket (ECC). How times impressions on a player change pretty quickly?
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The classy Tamil Nadu stroke-maker scored a fifty in the first innings and followed it up with an unbeaten century.
Ironically, he scored runs at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, the venue in which he was dropped from the team after faring poorly in first two Test matches.
Murali Vijay smashed 15 boundaries in his century for Essex:
The stylish right-handed batsman Vijay was on top of the mark right from the ball one. Murali, in the presence of Tom Westley, kept Nottinghamshire fielders chasing the leather often than not under the sun.
Vijay numbered as many as 15 boundaries in his sterling century. Westley equally supported him, As soon as Vijay goes past three-figure mark century, he was knocked out by Samit Patel.
Coming to the match status, it was Nottingham, who batted first and scored just 177 runs on the board. In reply, Essex scored 233 runs taking a healthy lead.
Despite the good start from Murali Vijay with a century, none of the batsmen stood tall to stretch the lead for Essex.
In reply, Nottinghamshire registered 337 with three of their batsmen scoring fifties. Simon Harmer was the wrecker-in-chief for Essex with six wickets to his name.
Meanwhile, in chasing, 282 runs Essex started the things solidly by knocking 224 runs for two wickets at the fall of Murali Vijay’s wicket. It was the first session of the Day four and Essex is already cruising for the victory.
Here are the few tweets after Murali Vijay smashes century on his county debut for Essex:
Murali Vijay has a 50 and a 100 in his debut for Essex, too late I guess
— Adharsh Bharadwaj (@cricadharsh) September 13, 2018
Fifty in the 1st inning century in the 2nd inning that’s murali vijay for you👏🏼
Sad part is he was our main opener batsman but Virat didn’t back him he dropped him after 3 tests 😓😓 pic.twitter.com/zfHS22skqQ
— Jitz03 (@jitzvijan03) September 13, 2018
— Gautam Grasvin (@GGrasvin) September 13, 2018
💯 on his County debut….!! Well done Murali Vijay….!! 👏👏
— Akhil Gupta 🏏 (@Guptastats92) September 13, 2018
— 𝗚𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗼𝗱𝗵𝗶 (@GautamSodhi1) September 13, 2018
— Ankush Das (@ankushd1993) September 13, 2018
@mvj888 जिस खिलाड़ी को दो टेस्ट मैच के बाद ही कर दिया टीम से बाहर उसने इंग्लिश सरजमीं पर अपने बल्ले से दिया करारा जवाब, लगे रहो मुरली
Finally, Murali Vijay delivered in England😍 But in County🙂
— Prashi Relangi (@prashirelangi) September 13, 2018
Essex was chasing 282 runs in the 4th innings & Experienced Murali Vijay step up in style.
Essex Just need 61 more with 9 wickets in hand.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 13, 2018
So Murali Vijay starts his county stint with a 50 in the first innings and a 100 in the second. Slightly late in English conditions but I think he will make it to Australia because of his brilliant run in 2014-15. @RaunakRK pic.twitter.com/wVtPNVJpTQ
— Mohit (@mohitrai09) September 13, 2018
— Shiva. (@ShivaKumarD) September 13, 2018
Finally, Murali Vijay scored a century in England. #CountyChampionship
— Dharmendra Pant (@DMPant) September 13, 2018
Murali Vijay has scored a hundred.#NottsvEss
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) September 13, 2018