IPL 2018: Murali Vijay got calls offering a County stint after remaining unsold on Day 1 of the auction
Murali Vijay has played five seasons for the Chennai Super Kings and was picked by the team in IPL 2018 auction.
Published - Mar 23, 2018 8:43 pm | Updated - Mar 23, 2018 8:43 pm
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction was held in the last part of January in Bangalore. The event was staged for a couple of days where several players went down the hammer. Some of them remained unsold on the first day, however, attracted bids on the second day, Murali Vijay, the Indian Test batsman, is one of them. He entered the auction with a base price of INR 2 crore and was eventually picked by the local team Chennai Super Kings, which is also his debut team in the prestigious tournament.
Nevertheless, after remaining unsold on the first day, he didn’t have time to react to it as Vijay received calls from English county sides to play there this summer. Test specialists like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma were also contacted by interested teams from England. The Tamil Nadu cricketer spoke about his stint in County cricket and also emphasized on moulding his game for India’s upcoming tour of England and Australia.
“We have to wait”- Vijay
“A lot of people approached me, especially after the first day of the IPL auction when I went unsold (starts laughing). As for the county stint, there are a lot of procedures involved and we have to wait. There is a lot of time before the England and Australia assignments. Being a professional, I am confident of making the necessary adjustments and put up a better show on those two tours,” he was quoted as saying on Zee News.
Vijay has played for three teams in the Indian domestic T20 league. He started his campaign with the Super Kings and played five seasons for them. Thereafter he played one season for the Delhi Daredevils after which he plied his trade in the Kings XI Punjab franchise for the last three seasons. Vijay also expressed his joy on returning to Chennai.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for me to be back with CSK. I feel blessed to be picked by CSK. One good thing about CSK is that every individual puts the team’s interests ahead of his own. It’s important in franchise cricket for the overseas players and local players to strike right rapport and pull in the same direction. We would want to carry that into this year as well and play with fun and flair,” he added.