Twitter wants Murali Vijay to make a Test comeback following his ton for Essex
He wasn't a part of the Indian squad for the last two Tests against England.
Published - Sep 14, 2018 3:32 pm | Updated - Sep 14, 2018 3:32 pm
Right-handed batsman Murali Vijay has been one of India’s most consistent batsmen in Test cricket, but the recent times haven’t been joyful for the right-handed batsman from Tamil Nadu. The 34-year-old played the first encounters of India’s five-match Test series against England, however, could only manage 26 runs in two matches at a forgettable average of 6.50.
Moreover, he bagged a pair in the second Test at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. On both instances, he was dismissed by fast-bowler James Anderson. Subsequently, he was dropped from the eleven for the third Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, which the visiting team won by 203 runs. Thereafter, he was sidelined from the squad for the last two Tests.
Vijay made the opportunity count
Prithvi Shaw, the 18-year-old teenage sensation, was roped in as his replacement. In the meantime, Vijay struck a deal with Essex to play in the English county championship. The team, captained by Ryan ten Doeschate, recently played against Nottinghamshire and comprehensively won the match by eight wickets. Vijay also made a significant contribution in the encounter.
In the first innings, he scored 56 runs from 95 deliveries with a help of nine boundaries. Lyndon James eventually got rid of him. However, Vijay came into his own in the second innings and scored a superlative 100 runs in 181 deliveries to help Essex track down a target of 282 without many hiccups. En route his ton, he also stitched together a stand of 204 runs with Tom Westley.
Left-arm spinner Samit Patel castled him to bring the curtains down on a superlative knock, which was laced with 15 glorious boundaries. Essex chased down the target in 69.4 overs. Meanwhile, Twitter wants Vijay to make a comeback into the Test team.
Here is how Twitter reacted
— Vivek (@raghuviv) September 14, 2018
— Karan Patel (@patelkaran952) September 14, 2018
@cricketaakash ,murali vijay just scored a half century and a century in a county match,do u think he will be back in the test team against australia???
— Prajjval Tripathi (@PrajjvalTripath) September 14, 2018
Meanwhile Murali Vijay scores a century while Playing for @EssexCricket . He shouldn't have been dropped. He showed the experience of the first two matches of the series, could have used that for the rest of the three matches.@vikrantgupta73
— Umang Goswami (@Umangism) September 14, 2018
#Muralivijay caps off his debut for Essex with a century in the second innings. Vijay scored hundred to help his side chase down 282 in the fourth innings. This in addition to the 56 he already scored in the first innings. Brilliant performance #ENGvIND #BCCI
— Giri Subramanian (@giri26) September 13, 2018
A Match winning knock (100) from Murali Vijay in his debut county match for @EssexCricket as they defeated @TrentBridge by 8 wickets . And he also became Essex’s first debutant centurion since Hashim Amla in 2009 💯💪 . pic.twitter.com/g0TJiXSn9G
— Sharat Chandra Bhatt (@imsharatbhatt) September 13, 2018
Don't know how to react to Murali Vijay's runs, now, in county cricket. One thing is for certain that when a stalwart tries to earn back his place at the Test level, it is always a good news for the quality of first-class cricket.
— KASHISH (@crickashish217) September 13, 2018
Indians to score a century on County Championship debut:
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) September 13, 2018
Murali Vijay started his County stint for Essex with impressive
1st innings -56
2nd innings – 100.
Credit should be given to @BCCI
as well for allowing able players to play overseas.#MuraliVijay #County
— CricfreakZ (@cricfreakz) September 13, 2018
— Chandler Bing (@SarcasmChamp) 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