Hanuma Vihari emerged as the hero for India as he led a patient resistance for India against Australia on Day 5 of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. However, in what is a big blow to India, the 27-year-old has been ruled out of the last Test in Brisbane according to reports. He could also be a doubt to take part in the series against England at home which will begin in February.
India have already suffered from a plethora of injuries with the likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja all ruled out of the last Test and doubtful for the England series. For the fourth Test, it does seem like India wouldn’t have much players to choose from and would just have to play nearly everybody available.
‘Vihari is out for at least four weeks’ – Sources
Hanuma Vihari pulled his hamstring in the 88th over of India’s innings while responding to a quick call for a single from Cheteshwar Pujara. He was seen limping throughout the course of his marathon stay at the crease. He seldom chose to run and focused on dead-batting or leaving each and every delivery along with his partner Ravichandran Ashwin.
A BCCI source reportedly spoke to PTI today about Vihari’s injury and stated that he won’t be fit in time for the next Test. “The extent of Vihari’s tear can only be ascertained after the scan reports come through. But even if it’s a grade 1 tear, he is out for at least four weeks and then will need some rehabilitation time. So it’s not only Brisbane Test but also, he won’t be a part of England Tests at home,” the source is reported to have said.
The fourth Test between India and Australia is scheduled to begin on January 15 in Brisbane.