The iconic Sydney Test match against Australia is still fresh in the minds of all Indian fans where Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin stitched an outstanding match-saving partnership. However, the former could not play again in the series since he had suffered a hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, Vihari’s name went missing from the 16-member Test squad for the upcoming home series against New Zealand. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side for the maiden game in the absence of Virat Kohli, who’ll be back in the following match.
Later, Vihari was added to the India A squad which is scheduled to play three four-day encounters at Bloemfontein.
“It is better to send him to South Africa. The Indian team will be playing in South Africa later this year. If he scores there then he will be picked for the Indian team against South Africa,” a source in the Indian board said to The Indian Express.
Twitter reactions to Hanuma Vihari’s ‘shocking’ snub from India’s Test squad
This incident triggered the netizens who questioned the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee on not going with the right-handed batter in the main squad. Here are some of the top tweets:
India’s Test squad for the 2021 Test series against New Zealand:
A Rahane (C), C Pujara (VC), KL Rahul, M Agarwal, S Gill, S Iyer, W Saha (WK), KS Bharat (WK), R Jadeja, R Ashwin, A Patel, J Yadav, I Sharma, U Yadav, Md Siraj, P Krishna (Virat Kohli has been rested for the opening encounter)