The much hyped test series between India and Australia is just round the corner and the experts have opined that India has an upper hand going into the four match series considering a depleted Australian team without the services of Steve Smith and David Warner.
India has been more than a handy side in past few years but results have not reflected their impressive run on overseas tour. The battle will be intense as a depleted kangaroo will face an unpredictable Indian team in the test series, starting 6th December in Adelaide.
Sunil Gavaskar’s opinion on picking Rohit Sharma or Hanuma Vihari in the test team
Indian selectors brought back Rohit Sharma in the test team after the Mumbai batsman failed to deliver in the South Africa test series earlier this year. There has been wide debate on including Sharma for the Australia test series considering all his experience. However, its not a hidden secret that Sharma has not been an exceptional test batsman and the records get worse when he travel to overseas tour in whites.
Meanwhile former India skipper, Sunil Gavaskar has opined that Hanuma Vihari should be preferred over Rohit Sharma for the test matches. India allready has three specialist openers in- Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay which means the only place left for the Mumbai batsman is to bat in the middle order.
“I would look at Hanuma Vihari because, in the previous Test match that he played, he scored a fifty. So I go with Vihari. And then I would take two spinners and two new-ball bowlers with Hanuma bowling a bit. But again, at Adelaide only because the pitch favours spinners a little,” Gavaskar said.
Vihari, 25, made his test debut against England on 7th September 2018 and went onto score a fifty on his debut. The Andhra batsman is blessed with the technique to survive in the tricky conditions of Australia.