Murali Vijay’s Test career was going stronger than ever before his march got interpreted with an ill-timed wrist injury.
The right-handed batsman was in stupendous form during India’s mammoth home-season despite playing a majority of the 13 Tests with a fractured wrist.
The 33-year-old missed just one Tests during the home season when he was ruled out of the second Border-Gavaskar Test in Bengaluru due to a shoulder injury. And despite having difficulties while batting, he was India’s third highest run-scorer with 771 runs at an average of 36.71 with the help of three fifties and as many centuries.
Well, those performances will count for very little when he returns to the team during the forthcoming series against Sri Lanka after spending a considerable time away from the cricket field. The Tamil Nadu ace will have to start afresh, and he is well aware of it, as he compared his comeback with a baby coming out of a mother’s womb.
“I am like a baby coming out of a mother’s womb now. So just looking forward to the matches, to play, to contribute to be more consistent then what I was. Actually, there is no pressure on me because I know what to do at that level. Just want to go there and get a feel of it and contribute to India winning abroad,” he said ahead of Tamil Nadu’s blockbuster Ranji Trophy clash against Mumbai.
Vijay was set to return to the team after being named in the squad for the series against Sri Lanka in July, but he pulled out at the last moment after experiencing the pain again in his wrist. He then got the much-needed match practice in domestic games including the Duleep Trophy.
Vijay further said the mental aspect of the game was more important when coming back from an injury.
“The mental aspect is more important for me. I am just coming out of an injury, and I want to eradicate all the doubts on that side of my brain, so I am just looking forward for … as much time possible I want to stay in this match and take it from there,” he said.
Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see whether Vijay opens the innings or not in the first Test against Sri Lanka, starting November 16 in Kolkata.
KL Rahul has been consistently churning out runs at the top and Shikhar Dhawan, who replaced Vijay in Sri Lanka, also grabbed the opportunity by both the hands, as he finished the series as its highest-scorer to bag the Man of the Series award.