Hanuma Vihari, who has almost cemented a Test berth, is currently aiming for the no four spot in the ODIs which has looked wobbly for quite some time now, on the back of a strong Indian Premier League (IPL) performance. Meanwhile, Vihari will represent Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2019, which gets underway in a week.
Ahead of the ICC World Cup, the men in blues are still pondering over their middle-order. They have given long run to Ambati Rayudu, and Dinesh Karthik and both have failed offer consistency. Also, their recent snubbing against Australia was also due to instability in the middle-order. And now, skipper Virat Kohli in all likelihood may bat at four in the pinnacle tournament to provide some balance in the order. However, once the World Cup in over, Hanuma Vihari is keen to settle the debate on the back of a strong IPL show.
Vihari in a chat with TOI recently revealed that he has got everything required to succeed in that position. Vihari, technically sound a batsman, have also scored across the globe and can be a good option for that role.
“I think I fit the bill (for the No. 4 spot). I’ve got the technique. You need someone at that No. 4 spot who has a good technique and can adapt to any situation. I think I’ve the skills and the game to succeed at that position,” Vihari said.
However, Hanuma Vihari is currently concentrating on having a good IPL season. Despite knowing that everything depends on the selectors, he is keen to use the platform count. The Hyderabad batsman has done reasonably well in the List A games for India A and will like to make the experience count.
“The challenge for me is to perform in the IPL first. Rest depends on what the team management and the selectors think. Even with India ‘A’, in the white-ball format, I’ve done quite well. I feel I can take my game to the next level and this year’s IPL will be a perfect platform,” Vihari added.
In conclusion, Hanuma Vihari stressed that he can don the role a finisher too. However, he believes that the conventional style of playing can also give you runs and one may not always depend on cross-bat shots. The batsman will be keen to play a crucial role to change Delhi Capitals fortunes who begin their campaign on March 24 against Mumbai Indians.
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