Murali Vijay wasn’t allowed to play once for a rather bizarre reason
Vijay has been a fulcrum of the Indian team in the whites.
Updated - Jun 17, 2018 4:51 pm
There has been never been a shortage of stylish players in Indian cricket. The likes of Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, apart from their cricketing prowess, have also bagged the headlines for their style statements. Murali Vijay, the Indian Test opener, has also been sporting a long hair for some time now and was seen with the long locks in India’s historic Test match versus Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
However, it’s the same long-hair, which once led to his eviction from the team when he was 21 years old. In Harbhajan Singh’s chat show Bhajji Blast, the cricketer mentioned how he wasn’t included in the Tamil Nadu team for not having a haircut. Nevertheless, he also said that the incident made no impact on his career.
Vijay’s illustrious career
He has been a fulcrum of the team in the whites for quite a few years and Vijay didn’t let his team down even this time. In the match, he notched his 12th Test ton. He blended caution with aggression and notched 105 runs from 153 balls, which included 15 boundaries and a six. More importantly, he built a solid opening partnership of 168 runs with Shikhar Dhawan.
The partnership laid the platform for a massive first innings score. India won the match courtesy of a strong bowling performance as the visitors were bowled out twice in one day. Vijay’s next assignment will be when India tour England for a five-match Test series, which starts in the first week of August. He hasn’t been a part of the limited-overs squad and will be on a break in the next one and a half months.
The 34-year-old has also played in the Indian Premier League. He was a part of CSK but only got one match to show to prowess. He will be itching to get on the field and string together some useful contributions under trying conditions in England.