He is a right-handed aperture batsman.
Vijay fabricated his Test admission adjoin Australia in the Fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, in Nagpur, in November 2008. He was called for the bout afterwards Gautam Gambhir accustomed a one-Test ban for elbowing Shane Watson in the Third Test of the aforementioned alternation in Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.
Of Vijay's technique, above Australian captain Allan Border said "His arresting shots are so assured. And he looks adequate of both advanced and aback foot. And back he attacks, he doesn't go adamantine at the deliveries. I can see why this adolescent man is playing".
Vijay partnered Virender Sehwag, and they got India off to a solid alpha in both innings. Vijay fabricated 33 and 40, accidental to aperture stands of 98 and 116. During Australia's aboriginal innings, Vijay acquired the aboriginal wicket to fall, active out Matthew Hayden with a absolute hit from mid on. Hayden was attempting a quick single. He again ran out Michael Hussey back fielding at asinine point. Hussey was blind that Vijay had intercepted the brawl at abutting ambit and aimlessly took a footfall out of his bulge in apprehension of a run, by which time Vijay threw bottomward the stumps. In the additional innings, he bent Brett Lee at bat pad from the bowling of Harbhajan Singh to complete his aboriginal catch.
Following his achievement in his admission Test, Vijay was called for the Indian ODI aggregation for the aboriginal three matches adjoin a touring England team. He did not get to play, and was alone afterwards the aboriginal three matches aloft the acknowledgment of chief batsman Sachin Tendulkar from a break.
In December 2009, Vijay was accustomed addition befalling in the Test aggregation back Gambhir withdrew from the Third and final Test adjoin Sri Lanka at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in adjustment to appear his sister's wedding. Vijay took two catches at bat pad from Harbhajan in Sri Lanka's aboriginal innings. Back India replied, he put on 221 for the aboriginal wicket with Sehwag, but was out for 87 in afterimage of his beginning Test century.