No one has asked me but ready to open if needed: Hanuma Vihari


Published: February 14, 2020 1:49:37 pm


Hanuma Vihari, Ravi Shastri, Hanuma Vihari batting stance, Hanuma Vihari Test hundred, India vs West Indies 2nd Test, West Indies vs India 2nd Test, India's tour of West Indies 2019 Hanuma Vihari scored a century in opposition to New Zealand XI after top-order collapse (Source: AP)

Hanuma Vihari on Friday mentioned he gained’t thoughts taking on the opener’s position if the crew administration asks after India’s inexperienced opening choices have been technically uncovered by a second-string New Zealand assault on the opening day of the warm-up sport right here.

Coming in at no.6, Vihari scored 100 but Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill have been dismissed early, undone by the additional bounce and seam motion through the match in opposition to New Zealand XI.

The trio’s efficiency raised doubts about its skill to face the likes of Neil Wagner, Trent Boult and Matt Henry.

“As a player, I am prepared to bat anywhere. As of now, I’ve not been informed anything. As I said before as well, if the team requires me to bat wherever, I am ready to bat,” mentioned Vihari, who retired after scoring 101.

The Andhra participant has delivered every time given an opportunity. Does he really feel unhealthy about not getting to play 4 successive Tests after the series-opener in opposition to South Africa at Visakhapatnam final yr in October?

“Sometimes you have to understand the team combination as well. You can’t get disheartened by it. I understood when you are playing at home, we play five bowlers. It’s obvious that one batter has to miss out. So I took it in my stride. I don’t want to prove anything to anyone but just follow the process,” Vihari mentioned.

Vihari was stunned by the additional bounce on supply on Friday but is completely satisfied to have countered the problem within the warm-up sport which supplied him with a possibility to put together nicely.

He added 195 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara (93) after not one of the different batsmen crossed the 20-run mark.

“Initially, I believed the additional bounce stunned us. (In) the couple of matches I performed in opposition to New Zealand A, the pitch didn’t do as a lot as what it did within the morning at this time.

“Once we adjusted, me and Puji (Pujara’s nickname), we got our eye in, then we knew we had to bat long and that’s exactly what we did,” Vihari mentioned after the top of day’s play.

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If the Seddon Park observe is any indicator, New Zealand, with a pace-heavy line-up, will likely be providing seamer pleasant tracks at each Wellington and Christchurch.

“Maybe we’ll get pitches like these as a result of New Zealand’s energy is their quick bowling. They have a really skilled bowling assault but it’s good that we acquired a while within the center and we skilled these situations.

“They were tough and it’s good to experience tough conditions before the series and we’re happy with the way the day went,” he mentioned.

Vihari’s evaluation is fairly related to what Shubman Gill informed reporters on Thursday, that horizontal bat photographs (hook and pull) are avoidable on these sort of tracks.

“This wicket had extra bounce, more than what I’ve experienced in New Zealand before. So I took some time to adjust and I knew what shots I had to avoid early on this wicket, maybe horizontal shots, I tried to avoid that,” he defined.

So what was the recommendation from his senior associate Pujara?

“Pujara told me to leave more balls on this wicket, get my eye in and it will make my job easier. I listened to him and it paid off.”

For the Test collection, Neil Wagner’s brief ball is one thing that the highest order wants to be cautious of, feels Vihari.

“When the wicket flattens out, they (NZ bowlers) try to experiment with the short balls and I am sure even Neil Wagner will come up with the same ploy. We are prepared for it.”

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