India's Test opener Murali Vijay turned 34 on Saturday and wishes poured in from not just teammates, but from cricket fans across the globe. The 'Monk', as he is fondly called, has been an integral part of the current Indian Test team which finished a gruelling home season last week by defeating Australia 2-1 in Dharamsala.
Even though Vijay was expected to pack his bags and join his Kings XI Punjab teammates for the 10th edition of the IPL, he has been ruled out due to injury. From India chief coach Anil Kumble to his IPL franchise KXIP, everyone took to Twitter to wish him a very happy birthday.
Many happy returns of the day @mvj888 God bless!
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) April 1, 2017
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 1, 2017
Many more happy returns of the day @mvj888 , people of TN are waiting for your arrival .God bless
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) April 1, 2017
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 1, 2017
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) April 1, 2017
Wishing the stud bro a very happy birthday @mvj888 see you soon
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) April 1, 2017
Starting his career at the age of 17, Vijay's dream of donning India colours came true in 2008 when the right-hander earned a Test call-up against Australia in 2008 at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.
He was included in the team as a replacement for regular opener Gautam Gambhir, who faced a one-Test ban for elbowing Shane Watson during the previous Test match at the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi.
Opening alongside veteran batsman Virender Sehwag, Vijay scored 33 and 41 in his debut Test, which India won by a huge margin of 172 runs.
Vijay's ODI call-up came in 2010 against South Africa, but the batsman has failed to cement his place in the Indian team in the shorter formats of the game.