Hanuma Vihari scored half a century on Day 1 of the Mohali test against Sri Lanka© BCCI
Hanuma Vihari made a good case for taking over the No. 3 position in the India Test batting line-up with a measured knock on Day 1 of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Mohali. Vihari looked calm and composed as he scored for half a century before dragging one back onto his stumps. Vihari is the only top-ranking Indian batter to cross the 50-run mark, as Rohit Sharma (29), Mayank Agarwal (33), Virat Kohli (45) and Shteyas Iyer (27) were killed after getting a start.
Speaking of Vihari’s performance, the former India captain and decisive Sunil Gavaskar compared him to Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara was dropped from the Indian test team along with Ajinkya Rahane for this series.
“He has given the Indian dressing room the same sense of calm that Pujara used to have. When Pujara was around you could breathe easy. You knew one end would be tight,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.
“He’s been very impressive. Look at the straightness of the bat. Most of the runs are from the full face of the bat. Not once would the locker room have felt any nervousness because of the way he batted. It was great.
“Look at the time it takes him to get into position. Very impressive. He was impressive in South Africa where the pitches were much harder. The way he executed the attack in the 2nd innings to hit with the tail and get valuable runs,” he added.
Vihari has only played one test match in South Africa and has been fighting for a place in the test as XI in recent years. He came into the limelight with good performances during the 2019 West Indies tour.
With the Indian team management looking to go beyond Pujara and Rahane, Vihari has a great opportunity to cement his place in the playing XI.
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