Murali Vijay, an Indian Test batter, returns to action after nearly two years.

Murali Vijay returns to competitive cricket after nearly two-year absence . The 61-Test veteran last played for Chennai Super Kings in Dubai in September 2020 .

CHENNAI (CHENNAI) — Murali Vijay, India's discarded Test batter, returned to competitive cricket on Friday, playing for Ruby Trichy Warriors in the Tamil Nadu Premier League in Tirunelveli, about 700 kilometers away from here, after a nearly two-year absence.In his comeback match, the right-hander, however, did not do well, falling for a patchy 8 from 13 balls.During his brief stay in the middle, he didn't look particularly appealing, and he was defeated with a sharp single.The 61-Test veteran, who last played for Chennai Super Kings in Dubai in September 2020, had not played for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket and did not play in the TNPL last year.

He last appeared for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy in December 2019.Vijays last Test for India was in 2018 against Australia in Perth.The veteran batter seemed glad to be playing again and said he wants to enjoy the game ahead of the new TNPL season.I want to play as long as possible.

I have a young family and wanted to take care of them.Im enjoying my cricket and feeling fit, so I want to contribute to my team and the TNPL, he added.At Trichy Warriors, he is playing under the guidance of veteran left-arm spinner Rahil Shah.The TNPL, which began on Thursday, will run until July 31.