Has Hanuma Vihari sealed the no 6 spot in the Indian Test Squad?

The South African team will be touring India to play a T20 International series of 3 matches as well as a Test match series comprising 3 matches. According to the India vs South Africa schedule 2019, the South african team will start their journey on 15 September 2019, with the T20I series under the leadership of Quinton de Kock.

However, it is important to note that the test series that will be succeeding the T20I series of Indiavs South Africa isn’t just another series. It is apart of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship and South Africa will be starting their campaign in the 3 year tournament with this test series. This is one of the most important reasons to keep yourself updated with the Live Cricket Score of the matches of the series, as India is currently leading the Points Table of the ICC World Test Championship.

The Batting Lineup has been a matter of concern for the Indian team ever since the departure of the former indin skipper MS dhoni. And amidst that, the brilliant performance of Gade Hanuma Vihari has showed some hopes that the number 6 spot problem of the team is soon going to be solved. And if there’s any contender to seal the spot at present, it is Hanuma Vihari as he has shown himself to be a responsible player on the West Indies tour of India.

Hanuma Vihari has batted on number 6 from day 1 of his Test career (except in one match against Australia) and has performed consistently barring a few innings. He scored a half century in his debut match and also made a point to spend time on the crease. Again, the West Indies Test series has made the best out of him and he scored 289 runs in 2 matches, with 1 century to his name as well. While facing the West Indian bowlers in the Carribbean, it is important to act maturely on the crease – a trait which seems to be natural in his style of play.

The young player also became the first Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score a century in the first innings and a half century in the second while batting at number 6 or lower. He is also improving his game consistently and that has been told by the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He said, He (Hanuma Vihari) is willing to improve. He accepts and corrects his mistakes and plays with a lot of heart. Always up to do anything for the team. It’s a very young career so far but he’s shown why he’s been backed and selected in this team.

With the Proteas coming in with a pool of Pacers in India and the ICC World Test Championship going on, the Indian squad would be highly vulnerable to lethal bowling outside the subcontinent, particularly in England and Australia. That’s an important reason to have a team with members aware of their responsibilities. It would be too early to seal a spot for Hanuma at this point, but he is indeed the most eligible one at present.

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