Hanuma Vihari
Hanuma Vihari (Image Credit: Twitter)

Veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has said that he doesn’t know what will happen to Hanuma Vihari’s place in the Indian Test team after he was not included in the squad for the home Test against New Zealand.

India won the two-match Test series against New Zealand by 1-0 at home and next they will play Test series in South Africa which will begin from December 26 and picking the squad for the series will not be an easy job for them, selectors, considering the good performance by several players.

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Dinesh Karthik, ICC T20 World Cup 2021
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Speaking on Cricbuzz, Dinesh Karthik said that Hanuma Vihari should have been a part of the Indian team in the home Test series against New Zealand but unfortunately he was sent with India A to play the unofficial Test in South Africa. He added that in Vihari’s absence other players might have done enough to seal a spot in the team. He elaborated:

“This whole group of KL Rahul, Rohit and Mayank will be the three openers, followed by Pujara, Rahane and Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill will be the batters. Don’t know what will happen to Hanuma Vihari. Ideally he should have been part of the squad, but sad that he had to go and play for India A.”

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik. (Photo: Twitter)

” Are they going to fit him in when he comes back to the squad? Because everyone here has done enough to hold on to their places. Even the ones getting 30s and 40s, which cannot be undervalued, have looked set on tough wickets. Kanpur and Mumbai were not easy wickets. They applied themselves and played good shots. So where does a Vihari fit in that’s an important question. Has Iyer done enough to come and take over Vihari’s place.”

Another Man There Who Is Hanging On By The Skin Of The Teeth Is Ajinkya Rahane – Dinesh Karthik

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane (Credit: Twitter)

Karthik also feels that Rahane’s place in the Indian Test team is in danger after his inconsistent performance with the bat for an extended period. He elaborated

“Another man there who is hanging on by the skin of the teeth – Rahane. He is the vice-captain and has done phenomenally well as a captain. Where does he does? But knowing Rahul Dravid, he will go with the tried and tested method of going with Pujara and Rahane to start with and then when things unfold he will unravel another and makes changes necessary. All these guys will be on the plane to South Africa and will be in the XI as well. Don’t see too many changes as well, maybe one odd change.”

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