India opener Murali Vijay will have to wait longer to make a comeback from his wrist injury as the TNPL encounter between Lyca Kovai Kings and Madurai Super Giant here on Thursday was abandoned due to a wet outfield. Vijay, who was set to lead Kovai for their clash in Dindigul, was expectedly chomping at the bit to get back into the field of play after his prolonged absence from the game. Since the end of the Australia Test series in March, Vijay had only featured in a TNCA first division league match last month, when pain in his right wrist resurfaced and ruled him out of the ongoing Sri Lanka Test series.
“It’s an absolute pleasure to get back into action,” Vijay had said before the game was officially called off. Interestingly, he went on to concede that he was still not fully fit and hopes to use the TNPL as a platform to build on his fitness. “To be honest, I don’t feel 100% yet, but mentally I’m up there. Hopefully ,I can start from the TNPL and build from there on. Once I am fully fit, I will be informing the BCCI,” he added.
Asked whether the T20 format was ideal compared to other formats for making a comeback from a lengthy lay-off, he explained: “For me, format doesn’t matter. My injuries are not under my control.I just want to be fit and play cricket. As everyone has seen, my career has been one-dimensional so far. I obviously want to enhance it.
“It’s just my mindset and my injuries, which I have to manage properly from now on. Any cricket is fantastic for me because I enjoy playing cricket and it’s an excellent opportunity for me to start my second innings.”