Indian stalwart opener Murali Vijay was born on this day in 1984. Known for his silkin timing in front of the wickets, the Kings 11 Punjab batsman came into limelight after sharing a mammoth 462 runs stand with Abhinav Mukund in Domestic cricket.
That stand earned him a place in the Indian squad for the fourth Test of the home soil series against Australia in Nagpur. Despite displaying adequate potential in his two innings (Vijay made 33 and 41), the presence of regular opener duo Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir meant that chances in international circuit were few and far between.
The Tamil Nadu batsman then turned to ply his trade in the cash for IPL (Indian Premier League) where he notched up crucial knocks playing for the CSK (Chennai Super Kings). When the Gambhir, Sehwag partnership started faltering, the team management turned back to Murali Vijay and he repaid the selectors' faith by notching two consecutive scores in excess of 150 in 2013-14.
The 32 years old batsman then went on to establish himself as a vital innings in each of India's tours of New Zealand, England, South Africa and Australia in the late 2013-2015 swing.