Murali Vijay‘s injury curse has struck again, with the India Test opener suffering a fresh injury setback while playing in the ongoing Ranji Trophy clash against Andhra. The right-handed batsman suffered the injury while batting in the second innings.
According to media reports, Vijay twisted his ankle and had looked in extreme pain before retiring hurt on 13.
Murali Vijay has rolled his ankle and seems to be plenty of pain. Looks like another setback for the Indian opener #Cricket
— Gav Joshi (@Gampa_cricket) October 8, 2017
There has been no official statement on the injury yet but it will be a huge blow for the batsman if the injury is serious. Vijay, who starred for India during the mammoth last home season, has been plagued with injuries since the Dharamsala Test against Australia in March. In fact, he had revealed he was playing with a fractured wrist during the long season.
“I don’t want to get too much into the status of the injury but I was playing with a fractured wrist,” Vijay had told the New Indian Express after the end of the season. “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.”
He was consequently ruled out of the IPL before undergoing a surgery in the UK and was expected to return to international cricket during the Tests against Sri Lanka. However, a recurrence of pain in his wrist forced him out of the squad again.
Meanwhile, Vijay has not managed to hit the ground running since returning to action. Prior to the ongoing game he played for India Green in the Duleep Trophy but managed to score only 4 and 13 before failing again in the first innings of the ongoing match where he scored only 4.
On the other hand, in his absence Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul did extremely well in Sri Lanka. India’s next Test assignment will start in mid-November against Sri Lanka and Vijay will be desperately hoping that the injury is not a serious one.