Bringing the curtains on a glorious career, former India and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener Murali Vijay has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. Vijay made the decision public on Monday (January 30) through his social media account.

Vijay wrote a heartfelt statement which reflected on his career that saw him play for India for a six-year period from 2012 to 2018. The ex-Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star also hinted at playing overseas T20 leagues by stating that he will look for more opportunities in the world of cricket.

Read Murli Vijay’s full statement here

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“Today, with immense gratitude & humility, | 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.

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.

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

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

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

| am excited to announce that | will be exploring new opportunities in the world of cricket & the business side of it, where | will also continue to participate in the sport that | love and challenge myself

in new and different environments. | believe that this is the next step in my journey as a cricketer and | look forward to this new chapter in my life.

| wish all my former teammates and the Indian cricket team all the best for their future endeavours.Thank you for all the memories, Love to All – More to Life. Vijay,” wrote the Indian cricketer in his statement.

A career to remember

Vijay played a total of 61 Test matches for India in which he scored 3982 runs with 12 centuries to his name. He also played a total of 17 ODIs for the national team. Vijay was a key member of CSK’s IPL 2010 and 2011 title-winning squads. He was part of India’s 2013 Champions Trophy winning squad but did not play a single game.

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