On Monday (January 30), veteran cricketer Murali Vijay announced his retirement from international cricket. According to Vijay, he would keep looking for chances to play all over the world and also explore the economic side of sports.
Since making his Indian debut in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy match against Australia in 2008, the opener has featured in 61 Tests, 17 ODIs, and 9 T20Is. In December 2018 in Perth, against the same opposition, he made his most recent national team appearance; following that, he was never selected again.
"Today, with immense gratitude & humility, I announce my retirement from all forms of International cricket," he said in a statement. "My journey from 2002-2018 has been the most wonderful years of my life for it was an honour representing India at the highest level of sport.
"I am grateful for the opportunities given to me by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), Chennai Super Kings and Chemplast Sanmar.
"I am excited to announce that I will be exploring new opportunities in the world of cricket & the business side of it, where I will also continue to participate in the sport that I love and challenge myself in new and different environments. I believe that this is the next step in my journey as a cricketer and I look forward to this new chapter in my life."