Speedster Pat Cummins takes apart Hanuma Vihari with a thunderous bouncer
Vihari could only score eight in the first innings at MCG.
Published - Dec 26, 2018 2:09 pm | Updated - Dec 26, 2018 2:09 pm
Hanuma Vihari, the right-handed batsman from Andhra, made his international debut in September in the final Test against England at Kennington Oval. The 25-year-old is currently playing the third Test match of his career and has already had an eventful stint in national colours. After notching a half-century against the Brits, he didn’t play the next two home Tests against Windies.
However, Vihari was back for the four-match Test series against Australia. After the selectors preferred Rohit Sharma ahead of him at Adelaide Oval, he broke into the eleven for the Perth Test, which India lost by 146 runs. The third Test at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is currently underway and Hanuma was sent to open the batting with debutant Mayank Agarwal.
Hanuma Vihari gets hit
Nevertheless, he didn’t have a memorable outing as an opener for the reason that he could only manage eight runs from 66 balls after which Pat Cummins accounted for his wicket. He stayed put in the middle and cobbled together a stand of 40 in 18.5 overs with Agarwal. During the knock, he had to face some brutal deliveries, one of which came from Cummins in the 13th over.
The speedster dug in a short ball with all his might. But the red cherry didn’t bounce off the track. Vihari was late in identifying the length and he was clearly didn’t get in position. Subsequently, he tried to take evasive action and moved his face backwards. Unfortunately, the leather smacked the side part of his helmet and went quite a distance away. He was batting on three at that stage.
Cummins rushed to him and enquired about the batsman’s well-being. Patrick Farhat, the Indian physiotherapist, came out on an immediate basis and had a close look at the injured batter. Even on-field umpire Ian Gould went up to Vihari and asked him whether he’s fine or not. After the treatment, Vihari was up and running and he resumed his knock that lasted for 24 more balls.