R Ashwin Considers Murali Vijay As The Best Indian Opener After Gavaskar And Sehwag
By CricShots - Feb 16, 2023 10:27 am
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Former Indian opener, Murali Vijay is at the top of the list of Indian batters with the best conversion rate from fifty to a century in home Tests. Vijay had a 60% conversion rate in the Tests played in India. He has surpassed the 50-run mark 15 times in Home Tests in which nine of which are hundreds. This shows that his conversion rate was better than Mohammed Azharuddin, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma.

murali vijay
Murali Vijay

No wonder many were surprised, including Sanjay Manjrekar, after watching Murali Vijay’s stats. And its pretty miserable how many cricket fans would have even remembered Vijay’s name along with legends like Tendulkar, Dravid, and Gavaskar. It’s Vijay who has made India’s opener position his own after the opening combination of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir came to an end.

The veteran Indian spinner, R Ashwin considers Vijay as the best Indian Test opener after Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag. Ashwin also compared him with another batting stalwart, Cheteshwar Pujara. He opined that neither of them hasn’t recognized the way they should be.

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In his column for ESPNCricinfo, R Ashwin wrote: “M Vijay, according to me, is the greatest opener for India outside of Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag. Vijay and Puji are quite similar in that they haven’t been celebrated enough. They also had some of the most hilarious arguments.”

R Ashwin
R Ashwin

He further added, “They could spend a whole session break arguing over a call that Puji wouldn’t have responded to. Vijay would try to get others to back him, but Puji would stay firm and say, ‘There was no run.’ You can get witnesses and evidence and attorneys, but Puji never changes his mind. Nor does he get frustrated with these debates. They used to do the most difficult job in Test cricket – play out the new ball in testing conditions, as we tend to need to do whenever we go abroad – so it is par for the course to have a few eccentricities emerge from that kind of partnership.”

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Ashwin was all in praise for Pujara and said that he had a great defense. He also said that no one could convince Pujara to change his batting approach. For this reason, he said, Pujara always keeps trusting his method. Calling him a beast, Ashwin said, “Just like a beast focuses single-mindedly on its prey, Puji focuses on batting.”