Hanuma Vihari’s struggles in the ongoing Test series against Australia Down Under reached a nadir in India’s first innings of the Sydney Test after he was run-out thanks to an outstanding direct-hit by Aussie pacer Josh Hazlewood.
Vihari struggled throughout his entire stay at the crease as he failed to rotate the strike on a consistent. He had managed a mere 4 runs off his 34 deliveries that he faced, and according to former Indian opener-turned commentator, Aakash Chopra, it was the pressure of not being able to get runs that forced the middle-order batsman for a risky single.
“It all started from 4 off 34 balls. Because if you haven’t scored and the opposition has maintained a very tight leech, that is when you start looking for those singles that are not there completely, and in a Test match, why would you want to steal a run,” Aakash Chopra told ESPNCricinfo/
Hanuma Vihari hasn’t been able to light up the Test series thus far with the bat. And, murmurs have already started among fans about his spot in the side. However, Aakash Chopra believes that the Andhra batsman should feel secure about his place in the side considering the fact India do not have any backup at the bench.
“Vihari was under pressure because the runs weren’t coming. For him personally when you are not able to buy a run then you steal runs. I feel bad for Hanuma Vihari. Even if the runs had not come, he should feel secure about his place in the side and play as if he is going to play the entire series. Just because there is no other batsmen left in the squad” he added.