Here's what VVS Laxman has to say about Hanuma Vihari
Young Indian middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari made headlines after he was chosen over Rohit Sharma in the opening Test against the Windies, last week. However, he justified his selection with twin subtle knocks, which drew acclaims aplenty from the Indian cricketing fraternity. Meanwhile, former Indian batsman VVS Laxman, too, was impressed with Vihari's performance, as he gave his verdict on the youngster.
Laxman admitted that he was fairly impressed by the batting approach shown by Vihari during the opening Test. He also credited his free-flowing style of batting and asserted that his gameplay deems that he is perfectly fit and belongs to Test cricket.
Skipper Virat Kohli, too, explained that the reason to give Vihari the nod was to form the best combination for the side. While he also credited his part-time bowling effectiveness, Kohli said that the team is always decided following a group discussion. "There will always be opinions about the XI, but people will know that it's in the interest of the team," said Kohli.
"By contrast, KL Rahul will be extremely disappointed with himself for having done all the hard work in both innings and then, getting himself out," Laxman added.
Laxman also quickly lauded Ajinkya Rahane for overcoming the pressure and scoring a Test ton in over two years. He also admired his desperation to score the ton, despite the backing of selectors and management. "He would have been desperate to leave his mark and his reaction upon reaching three figures on Sunday showed just how much this century meant to him," Laxman concluded.
Both Vihari and Rahane have justified their selection. While Vihari played an average knock of 32 in the opening innings, he was brilliant in the second and scored a subtle 93. Rahane, on the other hand, was even impressive, scoring 81 in the opening innings, followed by 102 in the second. Both were also involved in a 135-run stand in the second innings.