Murali Vijay to replace Gambhir in Nagpur Test

Published: Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 12:24 [IST]
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Nagpur: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Wednesday that Tamil Nadu batsman Murali Vijay is a strong contender for opening the batting for India in the fourth and final Test against Australia in Nagpur on Thursday.

Murali Vijay is the  replacement for Gautam Gambhir, who will be missing the fourth and final Test against Australia subsequently after his appeal against his one-Test ban was dismissed by Justice Albie Sachs – ICC Code of Conduct Commissioner.

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The right-handed batsman had a great beginning to his domestic career in 2006-07 when he finished as the third-highest run-getter with 628 runs in seven games at an average of 50-plus. On his debut he made a half-century before following it up with 179 against Andhra Pradesh in his home ground and rounded off the season with 277 runs in the Ranji One-dayers, finishing second in the run scorers list in Challenger Trophy.

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The 24-year-old, was flying under the selectors radar since having first-class average of near 50, and singled out of the some of the ex-openers - Wasim Jaffer, Aakash Chopra and Dinesh Karthik. As, Vijay played 19 games and scored 1505 runs at an average of 47.03. He was also India A's top scorer in two-Test series against New Zealand A last month.


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