Murali Vijay Krishna is an Indian professional cricketer born in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu. Nicknamed as monk, Murali is a right handed opening batsman who played for major teams like Tamil Nadu, Chennai Super Kings and India cricket team too. At present, at the IPL auction, he has been bought again by the Chennai Super Kings to play for the IPL 5 season.
Having graduated in economics, and armed with a masters degree in philosophy from Vivekananda College, he has an MBA degree from SRM university, Chennai.
His test debut came in 2008, against the Australia team in the 4rth and final test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, where he was selected for the match, post Gambhir receiving a one test ban for elbowing Watson in the 3rd test of the same series in Feroz Shah Kotla.
Murali has a capacity of giving defensive shots, and he is more comfortable of both front and back foot. After his performance in debut test, he got selected for the Indian ODI squad for the first three matches played against the touring England team.
In 2009, he was selected for the test team and took two catches in Sri Lanka’s first innings. He put on 221 runs for the first wicket with Sehwag and got out for 87 in sight of his maiden test century. The indian team went on to win and became the number one test team.