All the dismissals were because of batsmen’s error: Hanuma Vihari
Vihari also added that the New Zealand bowlers knew exactly what the pitch had to offer and bowled on the exact areas, making the fullest of the conditions.
Updated - Feb 29, 2020 5:31 pm
Players have always been known to blame the ground and pitch conditions for their poor performances. But, setting him apart from others, Hanuma Vihari, on Saturday, came out to give a statement in which he attributed the Indian team’s poor batting performances to the errors made by the batsmen.
The Indian batting order, continuing their poor run in the series against New Zealand, failed to put up a decent score on the board, in the first inning of the second Test. Only of the players in the entire line up, namely Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari were able to cross the fifty run mark.
And, it was due to their contributions that the total got to 242 runs before all of the 10 wickets were lost. Things became even more worrying because, apart from these three only, three other players, two of whom were bowlers, got to even double-digit scores.
Coming out to speak on this, Hanuma Vihari, who top-scored, with 55 runs to his name, told that it was the batsmen’s errors that got them out and there was no such problem with the pitch. “All dismissals happened at the wrong time. None of the dismissals were because of the pitch. Mostly it was because of batsmen’s error. Pitch was fair,” Vihari was quoted saying by Cricket Next.
‘I played one shot too many’ told Hanuma Vihari when asked about his dismissal
He also added that the New Zealand bowlers knew exactly what the pitch had to offer and bowled on the exact areas, making the fullest of the conditions. Also, commenting on his dismissal, following which the team wasn’t able to recover he said, “It was a wrong time to get out obviously just before tea as we had a good session. We scored 110 runs and lost only one wicket prior to that. I was batting positively but I played one shot too many.”
If it was not for the contributions of the three aforementioned players, the Indian team would have found itself stuck at an even lower score. And, this is a problem that the team should address until it is still relatively new. Because, if not corrected now, it could grow bigger and bigger as the World Test Championship progresses.