Murali Vijay, the Indian batsman, is in fine form in the T20 format. He is currently plying his trade in the ongoing edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). His team, Ruby Trichy Warriors, is currently languishing at the bottom of the points table with five defeats from as many matches. But Vijay’s confidence is on a high since he has been scoring good runs in the tournament.
The poise has also rubbed off positively in him as an individual. Vijay has been innovative as well in his approach. In the Warriors’ last encounter against table-toppers Dindigul Dragons, he batted left-handed while facing off-spinner Ravi Ashwin, the Dragons’ skipper and India’s Test specialist.
But he couldn’t quite time the ball properly in both the instances. In the 16th over of the Warriors’ innings when Ashwin was set to bowl his third over, Vijay spread his hands and started showing his dance moves. At that point in time, he was batting on 73 off 46 and was seeing the ball like a football.
Here is the video of Vijay dancing
R Ashwin 🆚 M Vijay!
— TNPL (@TNPremierLeague) August 4, 2019
Vijay’s knock not enough for Warriors’ victory
Luck didn’t favour Vijay in that game by any means as he got out on 99 in the second ball of the final over. His thunderous knock was laced with seven boundaries and as many sixes and he played at a strike-rate of 159.68. He was dismissed by fast bowler Jagannathan Kaushik when he was trying to up the ante. But his masterclass took the Warriors to a formidable score of 178 in their 20 overs.
Vijay’s knock went in vain though as the Dragons won by five wickets in the last over of the close contest. Narayan Jagadeesan, the Dragons’ opening batsman came to the party and notched 105 off 60 balls with 12 fours and four over-boundaries. Vijay didn’t have a great day with the ball. He ended up conceding 29 runs in his two overs, which also included five wides.
Vijay is currently the third-highest run-scorer in the 2019 TNPL with 258 runs in three matches at an impressive average of 129 and a strike-rate of 140.21. His other two half-centuries came versus Madurai Panthers and the Karaikudi Kaalai.
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