“Shot was on, execution was off” – Vijay on his dismissal
Opener reflects on 50-Test old career, says Lord’s 2014 win stands out
Stylish at the crease and flashy off it, M Vijay's arrival on the domestic scene provided much cause for optimism among the Tamil Nadu faithful. His ability to play long innings in the four-day game was backed up by an aggressive approach in limited-overs cricket, and the beauty of his strokeplay instantly caught the eye. A record 462-run stand with Abhinav Mukund against Maharashtra underlined Vijay's ability to take the bowling apart once he's got his eye in. An injury to Gautam Gambhir handed Vijay his Test debut against Australia in Nagpur in 2008, and scores of 33 and 41 confirmed that he could make the transition to the highest level. However, a set opening partnership in the Indian team meant Vijay was in and out of the XI and when the chance came to establish himself, he let himself down. Someone of his ability should have done better than averaging 30 from 12 Tests and 17 from 11 one-day internationals and when Vijay was dropped from the national team it came as no surprise. At 28 Vijay still has time on his side, but he will have to show more consistency at the domestic level to claw his way back into the Indian team. In the IPL Vijay has served up constant reminders of his talent, the 42-ball 95 that helped the Chennai Super Kings clinch the title against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2011 final being a case in point.