Sunil Gavaskar on India’s No. 6 in Australia Tests: Former India captain has weighed in on picking Vihari ahead of Sharma.
With the T20I leg of India’s tour of Australia coming to an end, all eyes are now on the all-important Test series which will start form the first Test to be played at Adelaide on December 6.
While the T20I series ended up in a 1-1 draw, fans would be hoping that the four match Test series yields a clear result.
Amid all that has been said and discussed about the Test series, one thing which has allured many opinions is India’s playing XI. The last Test which India played was in India. With a massive change in the conditions, one expects a few changes to happen in their playing eleven as well.
In which is a mammoth 18-member squad, it might just be a case of being spoilt for options as far is the Indian team is concerned. One of the key areas for them to ponder about is the No. 6 position.
In a sans Hardik Pandya squad, India will either have to play an extra batsman and bowl with four specialist bowlers or will play five specialist bowlers. Talking exclusively of batsmen, they would be looking to choose between one out of Hanuma Vihari and Rohit Sharma.
While Vihari looks the more deserving for India due to his performance in his debut Test against England at The Oval, Sharma might just get the nod because of his experience and ‘back-foot’ play.
Sunil Gavaskar on India’s No. 6 in Australia Tests
In a recent interview, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar was asked about the same. Gavaskar, too, opted for Vihari citing an interesting reason.
“I would look at Hanuma Vihari because, in the previous Test match that he played, he scored a fifty. So I go with Vihari. And then I would take two spinners and two new-ball bowlers with Hanuma bowling a bit. But again, at Adelaide only because the pitch favours spinners a little,” Gavaskar was quoted.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Vihari below:
#RCB released BAZZ,COREY,WOAKES, SARFARAZ , ANKIETH,PAVAN,JOSHI, Ashwin and left with purse of 18.7 cr they got stionis they need Indian batsmen and Indian middle order, i think manoj tiwari or Vihari can be good buy
— sai ram murthy (@sairammurthy6) November 15, 2018
I think 3 spots (1 opener, no 6, spinner) is not finalized yet. Should be after the practice game. I reckon it will be Rahul, Vihari and Jadeja
— Thaga (@Thagakannan) November 26, 2018
Rahane confidence need to come back in track. Vihari deserved a first go ahead of rohit. Btw if rohit plays his natural game. He will not get better pitches than aus. Bouncy tracks his pull cut will be class. If he plays his natural game
— Piyush Rijhwani (@Piyush985068881) November 16, 2018
They Only Knows one thing i.e Subscribers and Views.
For that, These People can go for Anything. What about Hanuma Vihari ? Why You always rated him so poor because he doesn’t Play IPL ? He scored loads of runs in Domestic Cricket.#ViratKohli #RohitSharma #INDvAUS #AUSvIND
— Cricket Freak❤️ (@Surana9Naveen) November 26, 2018