India Test opener Murali Vijay roared back to form with a fine century on his county debut on Thursday. Vijay scored 100 from 181 balls (15 boundaries) which led Essex to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Nottinghamshire in the County Championship Division One match at Trent Bridge. This was Essex’s fifth victory of the championship this season.
Vijay, 34, had earlier hit a half-century in the first innings. He followed it up with a match-winning ton to help the visitors reach the target just before Lunch to complete a convincing win. He also forged a 204-run stand for the second-wicket stand with Tom Westley (110) before being eventually dismissed off an inside edge by Samit Patel.
Vijay’s feat matched that of South African Hashim Amla’s feat of scoring a century on county debut. Amla had scored 181 against Glamorgan in 2009.
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Earlier, Vijay had struggled in the Test series against England after scoring 26 runs in 4 innings (including two ducks). He was dropped from the India squad after the second Test. Thereafter, he replaced Peter Siddle as Essex’ overseas player for the final three County Championship games of the season. Commenting on his new role, Vijay while speaking to the official website of the club had said, “I was here with the India side about a month ago and saw first-hand just how good the crowd is.I can’t wait to play for Essex and hopefully win some matches.”