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Indian opener Murali Vijay took to social media to announce his decision to retire from all forms of international cricket.

Murali Vijay represented India in 87 international matches across all formats, playing 61 Tests, 17 ODIs and nine T20Is. He last played for India in 2018 against Australia in Perth.

In an international career that spanned nine years, Vijay proved to be one of India's most reliable openers during that period. In 61 Tests, Vijay accumulated 3982 which included 12 centuries and 15 half-centuries.

Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan formed a solid opening pair for India
Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan formed a solid opening pair for India

Between 2013-2018, he formed a formidable partnership with Shikhar Dhawan with the pair scoring 1748 runs in 41 matches together at an average of 43.70. This made them the third most prolific opening pair in Indian Test history, with only Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir (4412 runs) and Chetan Chauhan and Sunil Gavaskar (3010 runs) scoring more runs together.

Vijay's most memorable innings came in overseas conditions, with 145 and 52 at Trent Bridge helping India salvage a draw against England in July 2014. He followed that up with a 144 against Australia in Brisbane later that year in December.

Murali Vijay was second-highest run-getter for India in Tests on the 2014-15 tour of Australia
Murali Vijay was second-highest run-getter for India in Tests on the 2014-15 tour of Australia

Announcing his retirement, Vijay said: "Today, with immense gratitude & humility, I announce my retirement from all forms of International cricket.

"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.

"To all my teammates, coaches, mentors and support staff: It has been an absolute privilege to have played with you all, and, I thank you all for helping turn my dream into reality. 

"To cricket fans that have supported me through the ups & downs of international sport, I will forever cherish the moments I spent with you all and your support has always be a source of motivation for me.

"Lastly, I would like to thank my family & friends for their unconditional love and support throughout my career. They have been my backbone and without them, I would not have been able to achieve what I have today.

"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.

"I wish all my former teammates and the Indian cricket team all the best for their future endeavours. Thank you for all the memories."

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