Vihari: Ready to open in Tests vs NZ if team demands it
Hanuma Vihari on Friday stated he won’ t mind using up the opener’s function if the team management asks after India’s unskilled opening alternatives were technically exposed by a second- string New Zealand attack on the opening day of the warm-up game here.
Coming in at no. 6, Vihari scored a hundred however Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill were dismissed early, reversed by the additional bounce and joint motion throughout the match versus New Zealand XI.
The trio’s efficiency raised doubts about its capability to deal with the similarity 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,” stated Vihari, who retired after scoring 101.
The Andhra gamer has actually provided whenever provided an opportunity. Does he feel bad about not getting to play 4 succeeding Tests after the series- opener versus South Africa at Visakhapatnam in 2015 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 stated.
Vihari was shocked by the additional bounce available on Friday however mores than happy to have actually countered the obstacle in the warm-up game which offered him with a chance to prepare well.
He added 195 keeps up Cheteshwar Pujara (93) after none of the other batsmen crossed the 20-run mark.
” At first, I believed the additional bounce shocked us. (In) the couple of matches I bet New Zealand A, the pitch didn’t do as much as what it did in the early morning today.
“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 stated after completion of day’s play.
If the Seddon Park track is any sign, New Zealand, with a pace-heavy line-up, will be using seamer friendly tracks at both Wellington and Christchurch.
” Perhaps we will get pitches like these due to the fact that New Zealand’s strength is their fastbowling They have a really knowledgeable bowling attack however it’s great that we got a long time in the middle and we experienced these conditions.
“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 stated.
Vihari’s evaluation is quite comparable to what Shubman Gill informed press reporters on Thursday, that horizontal bat shots (hook and pull) are preventable on these type 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 described.
So what was the recommendations from his senior partner 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 series, Neil Wagner’s brief ball is something that the leading order requirements to beware 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.”