Indian Opener Murali Vijay All Set To Play For Essex County Cricket Club

| September 8 , 2018 , 22:56 IST

The Indian Test opener Murali Vijay, on Saturday has signed up with Essex County Cricket Club and will represent the English domestic team in the remainder of the 2018 County Championship.

M.Vijay, who had featured in the first two Tests of the ongoing Test series against the hosts England before being axed for teenager Prithvi Shaw.

The Indian opener looked keen to return to the County ground where he scored 53 in the 1st innings of India’s practise game.

Speaking to media, Vijay said, “I was here with the India side about a month ago and saw first-hand just how good the crowd is. I can’t wait to play for Essex and hopefully win some matches.”

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According to reports in media Essex Head Coach Anthony McGrath was thrilled to add Vijay to the side, “We’re delighted that Vijay has chosen to come here. He’s a great batsman who can score runs at the top of the order”.

McGrath further added “Vijay’s run-scoring ability means he can be the difference-maker in a game, and that skill is something we were looking to bring in towards the end of the season and something that we’re excited about”.

“The campaign is coming to an end and we have some really big games over the next month, so getting someone in with the experience and international quality that Vijay possesses could make all the difference for us,” Essex head coach said.

Vijay has so far played 59 Tests for India and had successfully scored 3933 runs with an average of 39.33 which include 12 hundreds and 15 half-centuries.