India’s Test specialist Hanuma Vihari is a part of the squad that has been selected for the World Test Championship final and the subsequent England series. Vihari also played a crucial role in India’s road to the WTC Final. He scored his maiden Test century against West Indies in the championship and played a match-saving innings along with Ravichandran Ashwin in Melbourne against Australia.
A month before the WTC final, Hanuma Vihari spoke to India Today on India’s chances of winning the final. Meanwhile, Vihari made his Test debut in England back in 2018 and three year down the line, he is a part of the Indian squad that is willing to win a major championship.
“I am trying to prepare in the best way possible for the WTC Final and the England series. It’s going to be interesting and exciting as well for all the Indian fans because it’s the first edition of the WTC. We are in the finals and we are playing New Zealand which is going to be challenging in this condition,” Vihari told India Today.
This Indian Team Can Do Outstanding Things: Hanuma Vihari
Vihari sounded confident of an Indian win in the final. They were beaten 2-0 by New Zealand in the Test series earlier in the campaign and now India have a chance to avenge that defeat.
“We all know that but the Indian team can do outstanding things. I am sure that we’ll be confident going into the WTC final. I am trying to prepare as best as I can for the WTC and the Test series after that,” Vihari added.
Vihari’s recent run in domestic and county cricket has not been a fruitful one. He played seven matches in the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Andhra where a knock of 65 was his only double-digit score. Later, he played three County games for Warwickshire, managing scores of 0, 8, 32, 52, 8 and 0.
Meanwhile, last time India and New Zealand faced each other in an ICC event, was the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup, which the BlackCaps won by 18 runs.