In a long home season which saw Indian cricket team host 13 Test matches, Murali Vijay revealed that he played most of the games with a fractured wrist. Vijay featured in 12 of the 13 Tests and missed out on a riveting Test played between India and Australia at Bengaluru. After the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17 got over, the opener flew to the United Kingdom (UK) for surgery and was back in Chennai on Sunday. The stylish Indian opener has been advised complete rest and not to pick up a bat for at least a month. He is sitting out of the entire ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 season for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). READ: Murali Vijay: Great feeling to play 50 Tests for India
“I don’t want to get too much into the status of the injury but I was playing with a fractured wrist. It was a difficult situation to be in, but the team always comes first,” Vijay was quoted as saying by Indian Express. Vijay was among runs in the long Test season with three hundreds but still could not maintain an average above 40. “More than anything, it was mind over matter. I was not able to bat freely because, as the injury aggravated, I couldn’t play certain shots and when I went out to bat, I had to grind it out. Especially against pacers, it was difficult at times to even defend off the front foot because it was my bottom hand that was injured”, said the 33-year-old.
“I was told not to use any power while batting, so that was something I had to keep in mind while facing spinners. As a batsman, when you can’t play certain shots, it affects your momentum and it was frustrating, but I saw it as a challenge because nothing comes easy and I learned a lot”, added Vijay.
Throughout the four-Test series against Australia, Vijay’s fitness was subject to a lot of speculation. Nonetheless, the team management took a cautious call to give him optional practice so that he could be a part of all the Tests.
“My body language might not tell you a real story all the time. I was in pain and it is not in my personality to show what I’m going through and gain sympathy. At the end of the day, I’m the one going through that and need to handle it on my own,” Vijay concluded.