Murali Vijay Faces Fans' Ire After Registering A 'Pair' In Lord's Test

India opener Murali Vijay has left Indian fans exasperated with his performance in the ongoing second Test against England at Lord’s. Vijay was dismissed for a duck by James Anderson in the first innings as the visitors were rolled over for 107 and suffered a similar fate in the second innings on Sunday to become only the sixth Indian opener to register a ‘pair’ in Test cricket history. Following his dismissal, fans took to Twitter to slam the Indian batsman with many calling for his exclusion from the India playing XI for the rest of the series in England.

India had suffered a humiliating batting collapse, which saw them being bundled out for a paltry 107 in the first innings. England faced no such problems when they came out to bat and piled on the misery on the visitors.

Buoyed by an unbeaten century from Chris Woakes (137 not out) and a gritty 93 from Jonny Bairstow, England declared their innings at 396 for seven to take a 289-run first innings lead.

Murali Vijay’s scores in his last 10 second innings, make for a grim reading. The Indian opener has scored a 3, 0, 7, 2, 8, 9, 13, 9, 25 and 6, making it a grand total of 82 runs in 10 innings.

Vijay was also the 150th opening batsman to be dismissed by Anderson. Only Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath (155) has dismissed more openers.

This was also only the second time that India have lost their first wicket in each innings without a run on the board. The previous occasion was against Bangladesh in Chittagong in 2007 when Wasim Jaffer was dismissed for a ‘pair’.

Vijay managed a total of 26 runs in the first Test but survived the selectors’ chop with Shikhar Dhawan dropped from the second Test. Dhawan had done marginally better than Vijay in the Edgbaston Test, scoring a total of 39 runs. After Vijay’s showing at Lord’s, Dhawan will possibly make a comeback in the third Test that starts on August 18 in Nottingham.

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