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Ravi Shastri Rates Murali Vijay As India’s Best Test Opener Post-Gavaskar, Bharat Arun Reveals
By CricShots - Mar 5, 2024 6:36 pm
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Former India bowling coach Bharat Arun recently disclosed that Ravi Shastri regards Murali Vijay as India’s best Test opener after Sunil Gavaskar. Vijay, a veteran cricketer from Chennai, debuted in Test cricket against Australia in 2008 and has since amassed 3,982 runs in 61 Test matches at an average of 38.28.

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Murali Vijay 

Throughout his prime years, Murali Vijay was a cornerstone of the Indian Test team, with his last appearance coming against Australia in Perth in 2018. Shastri’s assertion, considering the array of talented openers India has produced post-Gavaskar’s era, is a significant accolade for Vijay.

Despite the impressive averages of other openers like Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, and Gautam Gambhir, Shastri’s preference for Vijay underscores the latter’s unique qualities.

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“If you want me to name a batter whom I knew from a very young age, Murali Vijay was someone whom I saw in college. I recommended him to another First-Division team. That’s when the journey started. Ravi (Shastri) often says that Murali Vijay is the best Test opener India had after Sunil Gavaskar. And that’s a huge compliment today. So I can say that my interactions with him (Vijay) have been outstanding, and he is one of my favourite players,” Bharat Arun shared with Cricket.com.

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Bharat Arun and Ravi Shastri

Bharat Arun also shed light on how Shastri’s guidance played a crucial role in improving Kuldeep Yadav’s performance. Shastri advised the left-arm spinner to focus on reducing belly fat and enhancing fitness, ultimately contributing to his development as a bowler.

“Ravi Shastri told Kuldeep that Boss, this puppy fat you have na has to be melted away… I can’t think of a single reason with improved fitness that you won’t become a world-class Test bowler,” Bharat Arun stated in an interview with the Indian Express.

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He further emphasized Kuldeep’s progress, noting the enhanced energy in his bowling stride, allowing him to increase pace without compromising on turn, loop, and drift.