Hanuma Vihari, who saved India the loss by batting strongly against Australia in the Sydney Test, is out of the fourth Test. The last match of the four-match Test series against Australia is to be played at Brisbane’s Gaba. On the fifth day of the third Test in Sydney, Hanuma batted for 43 overs despite being injured and drew the match.
Hanuma suffered a hamstring injury while batting on the last day in the Sydney Test. Still, he kept batting till the end of the match and returned unbeaten after scoring 23 off 161 balls.
He was scanned after the match was over and the report is expected to come on Tuesday. After the injury, it was clear from the report given by Physio after the investigation that he would not be able to play in the fourth Test.
A BCCI source told PTI that how serious Vihari’s injury is, will be known after the report of the scan. If his injury is grade 1, he will sit out for at least 4 weeks and will have to go through rehab. In such a situation, not only Brisbane but he will also be out of the series against England.
After Hanuma is ruled out of the fourth Test, Mayank Agarwal can be replaced as a batsman in the middle order. There is also another option if the team management wants to give Wriddhiman Saha a chance at Brisbane as a wicketkeeper and include Rishabh Pant, who scored 97 in Sydney, as a batsman in the playing eleven.