Simple birthday celebration for Murali Vijay

BIPIN DANI

On Wednesday, all family members of Indian opener Murali Vijay will be able to spend his 36th birthday together, perhaps after so many years. India’s right handed batsman was born on April 1 in 1984.

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“It (All Fools Day) is a special day and celebrated throughout the world with laughter,” his father, R. Murali, speaking exclusively from Chennai said on eve of his son’s birthday.

“Most of the time he is away playing cricket or busy in IPL but this time not…”  

“Usually, we all go to a nearby temple on this day but because of coronavirus crisis, the temples are closed and it will be a very simple celebration at his home.”

“Murali stays half a km away from us. On every birthday whenever he is in Chennai he comes to us for blessings. This year, we don’t expect him to come with his three children at our place and therefore me and my wife (RajlaLakshmi) will travel there.”

Simple birthday celebration for Murali Vijay

“Yes, travel restrictions are there but it is not far from us. Will try to manage somehow. It is a walkable distance.” 

“M.Vijay’s wife (Nikita) will be preparing a sweet dish and we all will have lunch together. Will be spending quality time with his three children (son Nivaan 10-year old, daughter Eva 5 and youngest son Mikael 2year old”, the father signed off, but not before adding, “April 1 is also the Financial New Year in India and it will be a fresh start for both-Vijay and the economy.”

India’s another cricketer late Ajit Wadekar was also born on this day in 1941.

“My father was more of an introvert and hence preferred celebrating his birthdays especially very discreetly and intimate with only his family and also prefer relaxing,” Wadekar’s daughter, Kashmira, now living in Singapore, said.

“He would specially ask mom to make his favorite crab dish and fried fish. In this situation also I can imagine him to be serene and peaceful, not get aggravated or anxious and do what’s best for the well-being of the country. We miss him a lot,” she added.

“Unfortunately today Ajit is not with us but his dream of providing an international platform to physically challenged cricketers came true,” Ajit Wadekar’s brother, Ashok says.

“And these cricketers gave their best and winning the 1st ever world cup for handicapped held in England last year and presented to Ajit to show their respect, love and gratitude.”

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