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.
In 2010, Vijay was selected on the tour of Bangladesh as a reserve batsman replacing V.S. Laxman. He played in the second test match in Mirpur scoring 30. He even played in Dravid’s position replacing him in the two test home series against South Africa. Later on, he even played as the reserve opener for away series against Sri Lanka and home series against Australia in 2010.
His ODI debut came in 2010, against South Africa in the 3rd and final one day match, where he scored 25 runs off 16 balls. He was selected for 2010 ICC World Twenty20, and was even selected for the New Zealand 5 ODI series 2010. His score was average of 30.
In IPL franchise, he played for the Chennai Super Kings and was one of the key performers in the third edition of IPL. In the third season, which was his first century, he scored 127 runs of 56 balls against the team of Rajasthan Royals. He was awarded the Man of the Match too. He was the top scorer in the Champions League T20, with 294 runs. In 2011, he was the man of the match in the finals and helped the team of Chennai Super Kings to win the IPL trophy for the second time in a row. He scored 95 of 52 balls, with 4 fours and 6 sixers, at a strike rate of 193.