India Test opener Murali Vijay has announced his return to form with yet another special performance for Essex as he slammed a brilliant hundred against Nottinghamshire. This is Vijay’s maiden stint with a renowned club in England’s prestigious County championship.
The Chennai-born right-hander had earlier scored a fifty in his debut innings for Essex. With this stunning knock, Vijay has become the first debutant for Essex to score a ton after South Africa’s Hashim Amla in 2009.
The 34-year old, who had recently found it difficult to get going on India’s disastrous tour to England has finally managed to accumulate runs in challenging conditions.
Vijay smashed 15 boundaries during his fine knock. Vijay is still batting with Tom Westley as he is involved in a gargantuan partnership of unbeaten 191 runs for the second wicket.
Playing for Essex against Nottinghamshire in a County Championship Division One match, Vijay contributed with a crucial knock of 56 runs off 95 deliveries in the first innings at Trent Bridge.
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Riding on a 108-run opening partnership and a half-century from the skipper Steven Mullaney, Nottinghamshire overcame their first-innings deficit of 56 runs to post a target of 282 runs for the Essex side. Simon Harmer was the pick of the bowlers for Essex as he snared a six-wicket haul, while Jamie Porter picked up two wickets.
Earlier, the classy opener was dropped from India’s Test squad after an ordinary show in the first two Tests against England. He only managed to score 26 runs in the first two match of the five-Test rubber.
In fact, he bagged a pair in the second Test match at Lord’s which eventually worked against him as the right-hander was shown the doors from the third Test playing XI and later from India’s squad for last two Tests.