Undoubtedly, Murali Vijay is one of the best openers for India in the red ball cricket. He is one of the players to register best scores against England and his performance for India A in the recent past is also remarkable. He chose the tough path of the test format while the other co-players chose the limited overs format. He is known for his peculiar footwork and hitting styles.
He came into prominence in the IPL 2010 by scoring decent knocks with average above 35 and strike rate 156.58. His consistent performance got him the national call-up for the test series against England in 2014. However, without any predictions, he stood as the hero of the series. He recreated himself to stand as the test specialist. In 2014, when James Anderson managed to collapse the top order at Trent Bridge, Vijay managed to make a decent score for the team and thrashed 146 with 25 fours and one six. In that game, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat Kohli were dismissed earlier.
He stood as the dark knight in the series against England, Australia, and South Africa. His steady performance and confident body language made him one of the best openers for India.
At the age of 34 years, he was dropped out of the team due to his poor footwork and poor performance in the first two tests. He was out of the team for the fourth and fifth test matches against England. His reflexes and wrist shots disappeared with the growing age and he lost consistency to answer the fiery pace attack of the English pacers. His entertaining performance turned to disaster in the crucial moments.
Since he crossed his thirties, he might not get the call again into the national team. Out of 101 games, he was caught out 62 times and especially he was caught by the wicketkeeper for 31 times. He failed to answer the pace attack and lost his wicket to inswingers for 21 times. Outside Asia, he has a poor average of 16.53 since 2015.