India’s Test opening batsman Murli Vijay, who was also ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) with a wrist injury, has revealed that he had played a part of India’s marathon home season of 13 Tests with a fractured wrist, which limited his ability to bat with freedom and “play certain shots”.
“I don’t want to get too much into the status of the injury but I was playing with a fractured wrist,” Vijay said while talking to the New Indian Express.
“It was a difficult situation to be in, but the team always comes first … 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.”
The 33-year-old also added that his injury greatly affected his strength while batting and range of shots.
“I was told not to use any power while batting, so that was something I had to keep in mind while facing spinners,” he said. “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.”
“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 only missed one Test during India’s 2016-17 home season — the second match against Australia in Bengaluru — aggregating 771 runs at an averaging of 36.71, just behind Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in top run-scorers’ list.
He traveled to the UK for surgery earlier this month and returned to Chennai on April 16, with hopes of being able to complete rehabilitation process in a month or two.
“The team management really understood, where I stood in terms of injury and they kept me motivated. I have already started my rehabilitation and hopefully, in a month or two, I should be able to pick up the bat again,” he said.