Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar had to return from the World Cup due to a toe injury. He is still not fit and will have to miss at least some part of the Tamil Nadu Premier League.
Vijay was named the captain of the Chepauk Super Gillies. He will not be able to start the season as a player but he has been attending meetings. Kaushik Gandhi, who was traded from the Tuti Patriots, will lead the team in his absence. Gandhi is the second highest run-getter in the competition with Dindigul Dragons’ Narayanan Jagadeesan just two runs ahead of him.
“We have a few exciting players with us. Kaushik is with the team this season, who brings in a lot of experience and a whole lot of runs with him. It’s a big boost for us. I saw the team for three days in Chennai and the team has been gelling well and practicing hard,” Vijay said on the eve of the tournament opener on Thursday.
“It's definitely very frustrating (to sit out injured) and this is not the first time but I’ve got used to it. I'm here as a player and it’s important for me to watch and learn. I share my experience with my players and look forward to seeing the team win every game we play. Hopefully, I should be able to make my debut at the end of the tournament,” he said after missing the season for the second time in a row.
The TNPL is blessed with international stars like Ravichandran Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay who will be leading the Dindigul Dragons, iDream Karaikudi Kaalai and Ruby Trichy Warriors respectively. The local and district cricketers would get to learn a lot from these players just like Vijay did.
The 28-year-old said, “The likes of R Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik and M Vijay playing in this tournament is a massive thing. It is a great opportunity for so many players to be with them. When I got into the Tamil Nadu side, I learned a lot of things from them on how they prepared themselves (for matches). This is an opportunity for so many players especially for the ones from the district. I am a district player (from Kancheepuram) myself.”
(Inputs from a Press Release)