India vs Australia: Murali Vijay says he never thought he would play 50 matches for hosts

PTI, Mar, 15 2017

New Delhi: Senior opener Murali Vijay feels humbled as he is on the cusp of a commendable achievement of completing 50 Test matches for the country when he takes the field against Australia in the third Test match.

Murali Vijay. AP

Murali Vijay. AP

Vijay is only fifth specialist opener after Sunil Gavaskar (125), Virender Sehwag (103), Gautam Gambhir (58) and Navjot Singh Sidhu (51).

"It is a great feeling to be honest. I never thought I would play so many Test matches for India," Vijay told BCCI.TV.

"It has been a great journey and I would like to thank the TNCA and Chemplast – my club team for the immense support throughout my journey so far. It has been great and have enjoyed every bit of it. It was a great moment when I got into the team. I never thought once that I didn’t belong here," he recollected his journey with a lot of fondness.

"Every moment has been priceless. I remember everything about my matches till date – right from the time I walked into the Indian dressing room to now and each moment has been close to me. It has just pushed me to do better each time I get an opportunity to represent my country. The journey has been amazing and I can't put it across in words. I am living my dream."

Published Date: Mar 15, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 15, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115