India vs Australia 2018: Murali Vijay hit an emphatic century against Cricket Australia XI in the recently concluded four-day tour game and made a big case for himself to open for India in the 1st Test at Adelaide starting December 6. With Prithvi Shaw getting injured it would be interesting to see who opens with Vijay as Rahul has not been in the best of form. After Shaw’s injury fans wanted Rohit Sharma to open but who opens will be interesting to see. Also Read - Babar Azam Dethrones Virat Kohli to Become No.1 Ranked Batsman in ICC ODI Rankings
But, what caught our attention during the last day of the four-day tour game was, 34-year-old Murali Vijay, who hit 26 runs in one over to go from 74 to 100 in no time. Vijay is not someone who plays the big shots in the longer version, but he gave the management a glimpse of his aggressive strokeplay. Also Read - IPL 2021: Virender Sehwag Questions Batting Approach of Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik After KKR's Loss Against Mumbai Indians
Here is the video of Vijay picking 26 runs off one over from Jake Carder. it was the 39th over of India’s second innings. Vijay remained unbeaten on 129, which will give him immense confidence ahead of the first Test. He smashed two sixes and three boundaries in Jake Carder’s over. Also Read - IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma Lauds His Teammates After Mumbai Indians Beat Kolkata Knight Riders in Close Game, Calls It an Excellent Fightback
Cader was a touch too short in the over and Vijay made the ost of it.
“We come from the same part of India, so we understand each other well,” Vijay said of Rahul, who scored 62 in India’s second innings against the CA XI.
“He is a good guy to bat with and he is fun. Hopefully, we can carry that momentum forward into the first Test.”
“It suits me because I’m a batsman who likes to play off the back foot,” he said.
“Australia is one place where you get the bounce so you can play shots.
“It always feels good to go to grounds where you have scored runs, it helps you a lot and I have good memories of it and looking forward to the Adelaide Test,” he concluded.