Murali Vijay returns after a two-year hiatus

Vijay was last seen at the 2020 IPL for the Chennai Super Kings.

Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay. (Photo source: Twitter)

Murali Vijay is set to return to cricket after a nearly two-year hiatus as he takes part in the games for Rahil Shah’s Ruby Trichy Warriors 2022 Tamil Nadu Premier Leaguefrom 23.6.

Vijay was last seen in action during the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League when he was linked with the Chennai Super Kings. He has not played cricket since then. The 38-year-old, who has won 87 caps for India, is a fixture of Tamil Nadu cricket. The 38-year-old, a leader of a young family, has expressed he wants to play “as long as possible” after returning from his “personal break”.

“I want to play as long as possible. I just took a personal break,” Vijay said at a TNPL event in Chennai earlier this week. “I have a young family and I wanted to take care of them. I’m enjoying my cricket now and feeling fit, hopefully I can do my bit for my team and TNPL.

“It was difficult for me personally because I wanted to play, but I had injuries and my private life was moving very quickly. I wanted to slow it down and see where I stand as an individual. I wanted to reflect on myself and that’s why I felt that [a] Break was required and necessary for me at this particular time. TNCA understood that and gave me this beautiful platform to come back and play the game.”

The two-year hiatus should make itself felt: Murali Vijay

Vijay’s last international appearance was against Australia in Perth during the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which India won 2-1 with victories in Adelaide and Melbourne. He last wore a shirt with Tamil Nadu in December 2019 during the Ranji Trophy. Meanwhile, Vijay, a veteran activist, wants to lead the youngsters at TNPL next season.

“The two-year hiatus served to reflect on the very point you are making [India comeback]’ Vijay said. “At the end of the day you have to be realistic with your goals. I have next to no goal at the moment. I just want to play cricket and enjoy this phase of my life at this point and see where it takes me with the help of TNCA.”

Crediting the rise of Tamil Nadu to the TNPL, Vijay said: “Definitely, yes. T20 format… we started it in 2006 or 2007 [Tamil Nadu] were the champions of that edition and from then on in T20s we never looked back,” he said.

“We have consistently shown good performances. TNPL, as I said before, is a gift to the Tamil Nadu cricketers. It’s about how we use it and express ourselves in the middle. In my opinion it definitely helped all the youngsters; Six to seven of them are playing in the IPL and in India through the TNPL right now. The way they played got them a lot of attention so this is a fantastic tournament and I hope the guys will capitalize on their efforts and climb man. Go big from Tamil Nadu.”

The 2022 TNPL season will be played from June 23rd to July 31st in four venues – Tirunelveli, Dindigul, Coimbatore and Salem.

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