Hamilton: Hanuma Vihari, who scored a gritty hundred within the ongoing three-day observe recreation towards New Zealand XI, on Friday mentioned he is able to bat anyplace for India within the upcoming two-match Take a look at sequence beginning February 21.
Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw, who’re anticipated to combat it out for the opener’s slot within the first Take a look at towards the Black Caps, got here out with disappointing performances as they have been out for a duck every on the opening day of the warm-up recreation.
With Rohit Sharma out injured, Mayank Agarwal, who additionally failed with the bat, could have a brand new companion towards the Black Caps.
Coming in at No. 6, Vihari scored 100 and alongwith Cheteshwar Pujara, shared a 195-run stand for the sixth wicket and took India out of troubled waters, who at one stage have been struggling at 38/4.
“As a participant, I’m ready to bat anyplace. As of now, I’ve not been knowledgeable something. As I mentioned earlier than as nicely, if the workforce requires me to bat wherever, I’m able to bat,” mentioned Vihari, who retired after scoring 101.
“Initially, I believed the additional bounce shocked us. (In) the couple of matches I performed towards New Zealand A, the pitch did not do as a lot as what it did within the morning at the moment,” mentioned Vihari on the difficult wicket on provide.
“As soon as we adjusted, me and Puji (Pujara’s nickname), we obtained our eye in, then we knew we needed to bat lengthy and that is precisely what we did,” Vihari mentioned.
“Possibly we are going to get pitches like these as a result of New Zealand’s energy is their quick bowling. They’ve a really skilled bowling assault but it surely’s good that we obtained a while within the center and we skilled these situations.
“They have been powerful and it is good to expertise powerful situations earlier than the sequence and we’re pleased with the best way the day went,” he mentioned.
The Kiwis have the likes of Neil Wagner, Trent Boult and Matt Henry of their arsenal and pose an enormous problem on pace-friendly pitches.
In regards to the wicket, Vihari mentioned: “This wicket had further bounce, greater than what I’ve skilled in New Zealand earlier than. So I took a while to regulate and I knew what pictures I needed to keep away from early on this wicket, possibly horizontal pictures, I attempted to keep away from that,” he defined.
Vihari fell down the pecking order within the house sequence after India’s series-opener towards South Africa at Visakhapatnam final yr regardless of getting runs within the West Indies. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was picked forward of him as India went with a participant with added bowling expertise on house situations the place they normally fireplace on all cylinders.
“Typically you need to perceive the workforce mixture as nicely. You possibly can’t get disheartened by it,” mentioned Vihari of his snub.
“I understood if you end up taking part in at house, we play 5 bowlers. It is apparent that one batter has to overlook out. So I took it in my stride. I do not wish to show something to anybody however simply comply with the method,” Vihari added.