Murali Vijay says he doesn’t ‘feel 100 per cent’ but is ready for comeback
Murali Vijay missed the 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) and Champions Trophy 2017 due to a wrist injury. He underwent surgery and was expected to return for India’s ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka, but recurrence of pain in his wrist forced him out of the team again.cricket Updated: Aug 11, 2017 17:47 IST
Murali Vijay, India’s No. 1 opener in Tests, is looking forward to an ‘excellent opportunity’ for what he terms will be the ‘second innings’, as the 33-year-old gears up for his comeback after a five-month gap in the ongoing Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).
Vijay was troubled by a wrist injury for almost half of the home season 2016-17, as well as by a niggle in shoulder, in which India played 13 Tests. A fractured wrist troubled him for half of the season in which Virat Kohli’s team won series against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.
Murali Vijay featured in all of the home series, and bowed out after the final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17 at Dharamsala against Australia.
Despite his injury, Vijay finished as the fourth-highest run-getter for India in those 12 Tests, scoring 771 runs at 36.71 with three centuries and as many fifties.
He underwent a surgery in London and was also ruled out of the entire 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The right-handed opener was expected to make a comeback in the ongoing Test series between India and Sri Lanka, but recurrence of pain in the wrist prevented him to do so.
Vijay says even though he does not feel ‘a 100 per cent’, he is now ready to make a comeback. “This is an excellent opportunity to start my second innings. It is an absolute pleasure to be back here. I’ve been waiting for this, and hopefully I can start it from here and build it there on,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“I don’t feel a 100 per cent, to be honest. But mentally, yes, I’m up there. And, format doesn’t matter to me. It’s just been injuries, which are not under my control. I just want to get myself fit and play cricket,” Vijay added.
The 51-Tests veteran says he utilised the layoff time to set a few things right. “As you’ve seen, my career has become one-dimensional at the moment. So, I obviously want to enhance it. Batting is never a problem for me. It’s just about mindset and injuries, which I want to manage properly now on. Any cricket is fantastic for me, because I enjoy playing,” he added.
First Published: Aug 11, 2017 15:49 IST