“I don’t want to get too much into the status of the injury but I was playing with a fractured wrist,” Vijay told 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.”
Vijay missed only one Test – the second against Australia – out of 13 in India’s 2016-17 home season, which began with the series against New Zealand in September last year. He was India’s third highest run-scorer behind Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, making 771 runs at an average of 36.71.