‘Batting on matting’: Vihari trains for OZ collection with coach Sridhar for firm


New Delhi, September 10

At a time when his India teammates are gearing up for the glitzy IPL greater than 2,500 miles away from Hyderabad, Hanuma Vihari has his eyes skilled on one thing tougher – the marquee tour of Australia.

Vihari is among the two centrally contracted India gamers (the opposite being Cheteshwar Pujara) not a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this yr after being ignored by the eight franchises.

“It would have been great if I had been a part of IPL but I can’t think about it,” Vihari, who has 552 runs from 9 Tests, advised PTI.

With the COVID-19 associated restrictions stopping full-fledged coaching, Vihari is doing his personal internet classes with the assistance of none aside from Indian staff’s fielding coach, R Sridhar, of their hometown.

“Yes, Sridhar sir is helping me in my training and due to lockdown, you don’t have grounds open. I am batting on matting wicket during net session,” mentioned Vihari.

The main purpose is to get adjusted to the additional bounce on Australian tracks and enjoying on matting wickets helps because the deliveries generally tend to rear up awkwardly.

“The grounds are all closed and this is the resource available. The bounce is different and it’s a challenge,” mentioned the 26-year-old, who has a mean of 58 plus in First-Class cricket in 85 video games.

It is learnt that fielding coach Sridhar, who has watched Vihari from his junior days, is monitoring his coaching classes and likewise giving him throw-downs.

Players from Hyderabad are recognized to develop up on matting and astro turf wickets.

Mohammed Azharuddin and VVS Laxman performed quite a lot of cricket on synthetic turfs throughout their youthful days and their elegant wrist work might be partly attributed to “batting on matting”.

Sridhar’s presence may even assist the Indian teaching staff, headed by Ravi Shastri, who can have an concept concerning the progress of the non-IPL gamers and the way they’re shaping up forward of the  large tour.

Originally, Vihari was alleged to go to England to play within the County championship (facilitated by the BCCI) however could not as a result of coronavirus-forced lockdown and journey restrictions. PTI



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