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On Wednesday Indian selectors surprised Indian fans by picking up 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw and 24 year old Hanuma Vihari to replace Murali Vijay and Kuldeep Yadav for remaining two test matches. While . the teenaged Mumbai opener is a direct replacement for Murali Vijay, who’s been dropped after a poor run of scores in the first two Tests, Vihari, is learnt to have been picked more as a cover for captain Virat Kohli, who has had on-and-off issue with his back. Both have been among the runs for India A in the last two months, each scoring tons against South Africa A very recently.
If sources are to be believed, Virat Kohli, who has finally picked up his for, has still not fully recovered from from back problem which occurred during IPL-2018. Back problem forced him to cancel his English county stint and later skip games against Afghanistan. Kohli’s back problem had resurfaced during 2nd test at Oval. Kohli has scored……runs in six innings so far and team india would be in great trouble should this problem reoccure.
Anyhow, lets have a look at Vihari:
A right-handed batsman and occasional right arm off break bowler, vihari plays for Andhra in domestic cricket. He was a member of the India Under-19 cricket team that won the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Australia. Vihari played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League in 2013. In one of the league matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Hyderabad, Vihari opened the bowling attack as an off-spinner and removed Chris Gayle for just 1. He also scored an unbeaten 46 in the same match while chasing. Sunrisers ultimately won this match through a super-over.
His dominant shows after the IPL meant that he was a regular in India A teams. In 2016, he decided to switch to Andhra from Hyderabad. Bestowed captaincy, he has begun the new season well with 667 runs in 8 innings which includes a triple hundred. Vihari, who's batted at No. 3 for India A, comes into the India squad in red-hot form as well, having hit 148 against South Africa A in Alur earlier this month. Vihari averages a whopping 59.79 across 63 games since November 2010, his highest score being 302 not out.
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