Indian middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari impressed the Indian dressing room with his performance in the Test series in Australia last year. Vihari has given much needed depth in the middle order of India since the departure of MS Dhoni and with Hardik Pandya unable to play, Vihari’s role becomes even more important in the upcoming series against Australia. However, despite consistent performances over the past two years in both international cricket and on the domestic circuit, there is always a continuing doubt as to whether the right-handed batsman will be in the Indian play-off XI.
Former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha believes that due to the fact that Vihari is a testing specialist, he has to act in every game to stay in contention for the team.
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“Hanuma Vihari, this boy does not appear in IPL, does not appear in limited delivery on the national side. Being a Testing specialist at the starting point of his career, it has both advantages and disadvantages, ”Pragyan Ojha told Sports Today.
“If you perform in Test cricket, especially abroad you earn respect. But on the contrary, your name does not circulate in that zone, many people continue to discuss similar to Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan or Suryakumar Yadav because they perform on a platform where many people watch. It is the truth, “he added.
“I feel that this series is very important for Vihari. India will not have Virat Kohli, those are great shoes to fill. Vihari received a bright cent (pink warming). But it won’t be easy, especially in the pink test. He has to perform consistently well to survive there.
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“He’s someone like VVS Laxman, I would say. Every game Laxman played was a very important game for himself, as he was a Test specialist. He has to consistently perform to calculate, as he is not accustomed in the limited format. It has become important for him to deliver in every game he plays.
“In home conditions, it’s hard for him to play because India play extra spinner. And if Hardik Pandya starts bowling, he immediately gets in.
“It’s a very thankless job. A young boy like Hanuma Vihari, if he gets races, he will be selected, but if he doesn’t get races or the team doesn’t succeed, the first one who will be in the line will be Hanuma Vihari, ”Ojha signed.