Murali Vijay was eliminated from the Indian team for the remaining tests against England at The Oval and Southampton. This will be the first instance in a test career including 59 tests that the Tamil Nadu opener was dropped from India’s test squad.
Vijay’s track record in Asia and abroad makes him one of the most important Indian first order strikers. Looking at his statistics, he is the fourth most successful test India openers with 3831 runs at an average of 40.32, with 15 fifties and 12 hundred. Only two Indian players have marked more centuries, this includes Virender Sehwag and Sunil Gavaskar.
For someone of his reputation, experience, and age, you could expect to receive compensation for bad form. This happens to all cricketers. The second the slightest doubt infiltrates, the edge inevitably goes. It’s an Indian team that has made some strange choices since Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri have worked together as captain and coach, but their mantra of choosing the players according to the current form is maintained throughout the process.
He is the second poorest batsmen for India in the test series. In total four innings, he managed to score 26 runs, in which highest was 20, with an average of 6.50. Dinesh Karthik was the first with 21 runs in all the innings, with an average of 5.25.
Vijay’s characteristic as a successful opener abroad was that he was on the defensive, which saw him successfully in Australia, England, and South Africa. He just left the deliveries at the start of the test matches and later took the extensive walks against the new ball, which, combined with patience approach, has helped India on many occasions, even the hardly managed to bring the title in overseas tournaments.