Sunil Gavaskar happy with Viharis replacing Pujara at number 3 says Due to Hanuma there was no panic in the dressing room


Batsman Sunil Gavaskar on Friday heaped praise on Hanuma Vihari, saying he was extremely impressed with his performance in his debut match at No. Hanuma Vihari replaced Cheteshwar Pujara in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Mohali. Vihari has consolidated his place by scoring a half-century in this match.

Hanuma Vihari, playing his second innings at home, faced the Sri Lankan bowlers with great ease. Vihari hit 5 fours while completing his fifty in 93 balls. Vihari has batted in the lower-middle order for India for many years. Hanuma, who landed at number three, has taken good advantage of the opportunity.

Vihari got the chance to bat at No 3 after the Indian selectors dropped Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara for the Sri Lanka series. After the dismissals of Rohit and Mayank, Vihari along with Kohli handled the innings well.

Gavaskar told Star Sports, “He has given a sense of calmness to the Indian dressing room like Pujara. When Pujara was at the crease, you could breathe easy. You knew one end would be strong. He was very impressive. Look at the straightness of the bat. Most of the runs have come from the front of the bat. The way he is batting, the dressing room won’t have felt nervous even once. He has looked very good.

He said, “He has been very impressive coming in such a time. He also did well in South Africa, where the pitches were much more difficult. The way he got the runs he needed while batting with the lower order in the second innings.


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Hanuma Vihari, who came out to bat at number three in place of Cheteshwar Pujara, took advantage of the opportunity and scored 58 runs in 128 balls and added 90 runs for the third wicket with Kohli. It looked like Vihari would play a big innings but he played the ball over the wickets trying to hit Fernando’s outside off-side. Vihari hit five fours in his innings.

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