new Delhi: India’s fitness problems in the Test series against Australia are increasing and the third Test hero Hanuma Vihari, drawn in Sydney, will not be able to play the fourth Test in Brisbane due to a hamstring injury.
It is believed that after the match, Vihari (Hanuma Vihari) was taken for a scan. Its report is expected by Tuesday evening.
However, a BCCI source said that Vihari will not be able to fit until the next match, which starts on January 15. The Andhra player scored 23 off 161 balls and saved the match with R Ashwin.
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A source said, “Vihari’s injury will be known only after the report of the scan, but he will have to stay out for four weeks even after a grade one injury and then undergo rehabilitation. Not only the Brisbane Test, but he can also be left out of the home series against England.
However, in the home series, the Indian team prefers to field an extra bowler, so Vihari was less likely to be selected in the playing XI. He will be needed on the England tour where an extra batsman will be needed in the final eleven.
Writhiman Saha can be roped in as wicketkeeper and Rishabh Pant as the batsman or Mayank Agarwal can be given a place in the middle order as an alternative to Vihari (Hanuma Vihari).
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Pant (Rishabh Pant) also played an innings of 97 runs. It is believed that both Vihari and Pant were given analgesics to continue batting.
In Brisbane, Shardul Thakur can replace Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja is also injured.