The pressure continues to mount on Hanuma Vihari as he again failed with the bat against Australia. However popular commentator Aakash Chopra still believes that team India should stick with Vihari for the remaining series. Today, Vihari got stuck at the crease and wasn’t able to rotate strike against the quality bowling attack of Australia.
Vihari was eventually run-out for mere 4 runs which he made in 38 balls. Now many believe that the management needs to drop Vihari as he hasn’t been able to make any sort of impact in the series so far. Apart from the runs, Vihari just hasn’t looked comfortable in his stay at the crease and has seemed woefully out of nick.
I feel bad for Hanuma Vihari- Aakash Chopra
Nevertheless, Aakash Chopra holds that Vihari should feel secure about his place in his Indian side event after failing with the ball. Chopra added Vihari was under pressure hence tried a quick single that wasn’t on in the first inning of the SCG Test. Vihari ran after hitting a drive to mid-off but was miles out as Hazelwood executed a direct hit.
“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.
“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”, Chopra added.
Meanwhile, the Indian batting again collapsed after being in a strong position in a Test match. At one stage they were 194-4 but they failed to consolidate that total and were all-out for 244 runs. The hosts Australia are current 103 for 2 in their second innings and lead by 197 runs.