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Murali Vijay (Reuters Photo)

Former India opener Murali Vijay has announced his retirement from international cricket. On January 30, 2023, Vijay made the announcement on Twitter, saying that he would be exploring new opportunities in the world of cricket and the business side of it.

In a heartfelt post, Vijay expressed his gratitude to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and Chemplast Sanmar, as well as his teammates, coaches, mentors, support staff, and fans. Vijay’s journey in cricket began in 2002 with club cricket in Chennai and eventually led to his selection for the TN Under 22 squad in 2004.

In an interview with W.V. Raman on “Wednesdays with WV,” Vijay stated that he is nearly done with the BCCI and is looking for opportunities abroad. He hopes to play some competitive cricket in the future. In 61 Tests, Vijay scored 3,982 runs with an average of 38.28 and a highest score of 167, including 12 hundreds and 15 half-centuries. He played 17 ODIs and nine T20 Internationals, scoring 339 and 169 runs, respectively.

Vijay made his Test debut against Australia in the 2008-09 season, replacing Gautam Gambhir. He was a star in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he shone for the CSK. In the 2010 season, Vijay’s 458 runs with a century and two fifties, including a scintillating 127 against the Rajasthan Royals, caught the attention of the national team.

In his farewell note, Vijay thanked his teammates, coaches, mentors, support staff, and fans for their support and expressed that it was a privilege to have played with them all. He said that the moments he spent with the fans and their support will always be a source of motivation for him.

“To all my team-mates, coaches, mentors and support staff: It has been an absolute privilege to have played with you all, and, I thank you for helping me turn my dream into reality,” he wrote in his farewell note.

“I will forever cherish the moments I spent with you all and your support has always been a source of motivation for me.