Former Indian opener Murali Vijay is now retired from international cricket but is keeping a close look on Team India’s progress in international cricket. He is a part of the India Maharajas squad playing the Legends League Cricket (LLC) In Doha.
The former Indian opener announced his international retirement on January 30, 2023. He expressed his dissatisfaction at the BCCI for ignoring him from selection and not giving him another chance to make a return to playing international cricket. The stylish opener played 61 Tests, 17 ODIs and 9 T20Is for India. He scored 12 tons in Test cricket playing his last Test against Australia in Perth in 2018.
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Speaking to Hindustan Times from the sidelines of LLC, Murali Vijay went onto pick the next Indian batting superstar and expressed deep sadness on seeing Prithvi Shaw being ignored by the Indian team.
“There are 15 superstars playing for India. If you are playing for India, you are already a superstar for me. But skill wise I really love Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw. They are top players. Rishabh Pant has done a great job for Indian cricket as well. I wish him a speedy recovery. Shreyas Iyer is doing well” said Vijay.
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Dont Know Why Prithi Shaw Is Not Playing: Murali Vijay
Speaking particularly about Prithvi Shaw, he said he doesn’t know why the promising batter is not playing for India. Shaw last played for India in the Sri Lanka tour in 2021. He was named in the Indian T20I squad for the New Zealand series earlier this year but was not given a game.
“I don’t know why he is not playing now. You should ask the team management” said Vijay.
KL Rahul Should Be Left Alone And Not Be Scrutinised: Murali Vijay
Vijay also had a suggestion for the struggling KL Rahul. After his continuous struggle in the first two Tests against Australia, Rahul was dropped from the Indian playing XI and also removed as the Indian vice-captain in Test matches. Shubman Gill took his place and made the most of his opportunity scoring his second Test ton in Ahmedabad.
“He knows what it is and what he needs to do to make a comeback. I think KL should be left alone and not be scrutinised the way they are doing at the moment. It happens to any cricketer. I think KL should take it easy and work on his basics and use this time to unwind himself and rejuvenate and comeback strong” Vijay said on Rahul.
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