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The long home season last year was a fruitful one for Team India. They emerged as the invincibles in their own backyard and won all the series against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia, respectively. The Virat Kohli-led side was on auto pilot mode.

But, while the much-anticipated home season saw Indian clinch series after series, it also witnessed players breaking down due to the workload by the time the end of the schedule arrived. Top names like Virat Kohli (shoulder), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan (hand), Rohit Sharma (thigh), Mohammad Shami (knee) and Murali Vijay (wrist, shoulder) suffered various injuries and had to sit out to recover.

A couple of names like Kohli and Dhawan took the path of quick recovery and made it back to active cricket at the time of the IPL 10 which immediately followed the Border-Gavaskar series but others had far more serious issues and needed time to recover. One of them was Test opener, Murali Vijay.

Murali Vijay Down With Wrist Injury

Cricket – India v England – Fourth Test cricket match – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India – 10/12/16. India’s Murali Vijay celebrates his century. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Opener Murali Vijay missed the entire IPL season and later could not make himself available for the Champions Trophy selection as well. The wrist injury took nearly four months to heal and required him to undergo a surgery in London.

But, after the hiatus, the 33-year-old is all set for a comeback in the upcoming away three-Test series against Sri Lanka later this month. At the moment, the star opener preparing with the full zest for the upcoming challenge.

Practice Games On Card

Vijay is now fully focused on getting his rhythm right before the overseas tour. The right-hander will be playing for his club side Jolly Rovers against Young Stars on July 13 in the TNCA first division league match at the SSN College. This will be his first competitive match since recovery.

Sources aware of the playing conditions at the SSN College have told the media that the venue provides good bounce and carry to the bowlers and batting generally is easy for the batsmen. Therefore, Vijay can have a good match practice before packing his bags for the trip to Sri Lanka.

“Yes, I will be playing the match. I’m looking forward to batting. My priority is to stay at the crease as long as possible and maybe score a big hundred as well,” Vijay told TOI.

Murali Vijay was away from the bet sessions until last week, as the injury needed natural healing. The work on fitness, however, was in full swing with trainer Rajini in Chennai post-surgery.

He also headed to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for the medical assessment late last month. While speaking with the media, he revealed having only four net sessions, which included a few basic drills and playing underarm stuff with tennis balls, before visiting NCA.

An NCA source mentioned that Vijay “did have a proper hit” in the nets during his recent NCA visit before he was picked for the Indian team.

“Vijay faced proper fast bowling during a few net sessions and he looked fine,” the source mentioned.

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