Team India will lock horns with New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final in Southampton and they have assembled in the town for preparation. While the entire team landed in England a day before yesterday, Hanuman Vihari, who was playing County cricket in England, has also joined the team in Southampton.
Ahead of the one-off final, India’s middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari explained the biggest challenge for India, which is England’s overcast weather. Vihari revealed that when it is overcast, the ball tends to move a lot and makes it difficult for batting.
“Definitely, that’s the challenge here. The overhead conditions play a part as well because when it is sunny, it gets a bit easier to bat, but when it is overcast, the ball moves all day. That was the challenge I faced early on in this season of county cricket, because it was quite cold and the ball was doing a lot of the wicket,” he told ESPNcricinfo.
In England, you have to be certain with your shot selection: Hanuma Vihari
It was England in 2018 where Hanuma Vihari made his Test debut for India, but it was forgettable as Stuart Broad got the better of him, dismissing him for a 23-ball duck. He was asked about the conditions and he answered that one needs to be really certain about the shot selection.
“I thought it was full enough for me to drive, but again, in England, you have to be really certain with your shot selection. In India, you can get away with a push, or even if it is not there to drive, you can still get away driving on the up. If I were to play that ball a second time, I would try to play as late as possible.
“Having said that, it was just my first innings in county cricket. I learned that I should play much later. In the second match, against Essex, I got 30 and 50. Essex are the defending champions and have a decent bowling attack with Peter Siddle and Simon Harmer. I thought I batted well, but I should have converted it into a bigger score,” he added.
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