10 Most underrated Test batters at the moment
Many unsung heroes barely receive even the modest of a cult than their peers.
Updated - Jan 15, 2022 12:21 pm
Well, Test cricket in recent times has got very exciting and intense. Thanks to the introduction of WTC, many games are now pressed till Day 5. However, when it comes to its torchbearers, it’s the same white-ball lions (Kohlis, Williamsons, Warners, and Smiths) who bag the maximum eminence and limelight.
Perhaps in the backdrop, many unsung heroes barely receive even the modest of a cult than their peers. Despite exerting equally, their fanfare isn’t as extravagant as the heavyweights. Overall both the pundits and the fans of the red-ball do seem to be less fussy about them compared to the top dogs.
Hence in this list, let’s check out the 10 most underrated Test batters currently playing
1. Hanuma Vihari
Sadly in recent times, Team India has not received batters like Hanuma Vihari who are technically so correct. By having a very subtle technique, he certainly seems to be a long-term solution to India’s current fragile batting. While registering his maiden Test hundred, even skipper Kohli had commented that the dressing room feels calm when Vihari is in the middle.
Perhaps in his young Test career, the 28-year old has also made the most of what’s provided to him. Especially in WI, when the batter was selected ahead of Rohit Sharma, Vihari had emerged as the top run-scorer of the series. Even his lion-hearted efforts to save the Test match at Sydney proved his level of stoicism and resolution.
So far in terms of his numbers, Vihari has delivered quality. From his 13 games, around 634 runs have come from his blade at an average of 34.20. Overall, though he’s now only labelled as an overseas specialist, Vihari certainly has the correct substance of being an all-condition batter. His first-class record is the biggest testimony that the Andra boy can establish himself for a long-haul position at number five.