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After 30, people see us 80-year-olds walking on street: Murali Vijay

Last updated on 14 Jan 2023 | 06:34 AM
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After 30, people see us 80-year-olds walking on street: Murali Vijay

The India batter played last of his 61 Tests in 2018 in Australia

Opening batter Murali Vijay, who last played for the country in 2018 says that he is done with cricket in India and wishes to seek opportunities overseas. He further added that there is a taboo in India on how people over 30 are seen.

Vijay played 61 Tests for India, scoring close to 4,000 runs at 38.28 that includes 12 tons and 15 fifties. He has also played 17 One-Day International (ODI) and nine T20 Internationals (T20I).

“I am almost done with BCCI (smiles) and looking for opportunities abroad. I want to play little bit of competitive cricket,” Vijay told WV Raman on 'Wednesdays with WV,' a weekly show on Sportstar.

After a gap of couple of years, Vijay did return to cricketing action when he played in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) last year and also scored a century in his last innings.

He feels that there needs to be a change in people's mentality when it comes to a player's age.

“After 30 in India, it’s a taboo (smiles). I think people see us as 80-year-olds walking on street. The media should also address it differently. I feel you are peaking in your 30s," Vijay said.

"Sitting here right now, I feel I can bat the best way I can. But unfortunately, the opportunities were less, and I had to search for chances outside.

“I honestly feel as a person, you can only do what’s in your hand. You can’t control the uncontrollable. Whatever happened happened.”

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