A slump in the first two games against England led to the exclusion of Indian starter Murali Vijay of the XI playing in the third round. Vijay was not even included in the 18-member squad for the last two test matches of the series. Overcoming a series of failures on English soil, the 34-year-old on Thursday crashed a gritty century in his first appearance in county cricket. Playing for Essex, Vijay scored a hundred in the second inning helping his team record an eight-field victory against Nottinghamshire.
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In the first innings of the match, Vijay scored 56 runs, showing signs of returning to form. The first match seemed confident when it hit nine limits in the first possibility. Improving his performance in the second, Vijay scored 100 in 173 balls (including 15 limits) while his Essex team easily pursued the goal of 282 in the fourth possibility.
In the India-England series concluded recently, Vijay scored 20, 6, 0 and 0 in the four innings of the first two games. Playing against people like James Anderson and Stuart Broad, the opener was seen struggling, which created pressure in the middle order. But in his debut in the county, Vijay provided Essex with stability in the higher order.
Vijay recently agreed to join Essex for the remainder of the England County Championship campaign. He entered as a replacement overseas player after the exit of the Australian sealer Peter Siddle.
Essex head coach Anthony McGrath previously expressed his happiness at the inclusion of Murali on his team.
"We are delighted that Murali has chosen to come here, he is a great hitter who can score runs at the top of the order." Vijay's scoring ability means he can make the difference in a game, and that ability is something We look forward to bringing it towards the end of the season and something that excites us, "said Anthony McGrath about Murali joining the team.
Essex has two more games in the First Division of the County Championship.