An opening batsman, Vijay broke into the first class scene when he played for Tamil Nadu against Delhi in 2006. Riding on a strong couple of seasons in the domestic circuit, Vijay was roped in at the last minute, owing to a one-game suspension to Gautam Gambhir. He got the chance to open the batting for India in the last Test of the 2008 Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Nagpur. Vijay made 33 and 40 and contributed to two crucial opening stands of 98 and 116 with Virender Sehwag, partnerships that played a big role in India’s victory in the game.
In 2009, Vijay was picked by the Chennai Super Kings to play in the IPL. But it was only in the 2010 edition that he hit a rich run of form. At IPL 2010, he notched up his first T20 century when he scored 127 runs off 56 balls against the Rajasthan Royals in a league game. With CSK winning that competition, Vijay then sparkled for the Chennai outfit at CLT20 2010 held in South Africa. He emerged as the top-scorer of the tournament with 294 runs to his name. His confident 58 off 53 balls in the big final, which also fetched him the Man-of-the-Match award, helped the Super Kings claim their first CLT20 trophy.
He has since represented India in ODIs and at the 2010 ICC T20 World Cup.
|Test debut||v Australia, Nagpur (Jamtha), Nov 06, 2008|
|ODI debut||v South Africa, Ahmedabad, Feb 27, 2010|
|T20I debut||v Afghanistan, Gros Islet, May 01, 2010|
|IPL debut||Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils, Johannesburg, May 02, 2009|
|CLT20 debut||Chennai Super Kings v Central Districts, Durban, Sep 11, 2010|