BJP leader accuses Vihari of ‘murdering cricket’
India have staged a great comeback on the final day of the third Test match against Australia to draw the match and keep the series levelled at 1-1. However, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Babul Supriyo is not happy with one particular cricketer’s performance.
According to the singer-turned-politician, Indian batsman Hanuma Vihari, with his slow approach in the middle, not only killed India’s chance of a victory but also murdered the sport itself in the process.
The right-handed batsman played 161 balls to score 23 runs with four boundaries and had a strike rate of 14.29. But most importantly, he made sure Team India lost no further wicket after the departure of Cheteshwar Pujara in the 89th over, as he shared an unbeaten partnership of 64 runs with Ravichandran Ashwin for the six wicket and left the field only after both sides agreed for a draw following the 131st over.
Though many believe this patient knock from Vihari in spite of his injury was crucial for India’s success in drawing the match, Babul Supriyo is not at all impressed. He is of the opinion that had Vihari at least hit the bad balls, India could have achieved a historic victory.
“Playing 109 balls to score 7 !That is atrocious to say the least•Hanuma Bihari has not only killed any Chance for India to achieve a historic win but has also murdered Cricket.. not keeping win an option, even if remotely, is criminal,” wrote Supriyo in his twitter handle before also adding, “I know that I know nothing abt cricket.”
And once he started receiving backlash from his followers while some also reminded him of Vihari’s injury, Supriyo retweeted his previous post saying, “If Hanuma showed this little initiative of just standing& hitting the BAD BALLS for boundaries, India may hv got this historic win GIVEN that Pant did what no one expected•And, I am reiterating that it’s ONLY the bad balls that cud hv been hit given Hanuma was set batman by then.”
If Hanuma showed this little initiative of just standing& hitting the BAD BALLS for boundaries, India may hv got this historic win GIVEN that Pant did what no one expected•And, I am reiterating that it's ONLY the bad balls that cud hv been hit given Hanuma was set batman by then https://t.co/C8Z5YKOHCk
— Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) January 11, 2021
Earlier in the first innings of the Sydney Test, Australia had scored 338 runs with a brilliant century from Steve Smith. In reply, India had been bundled out for 244 runs in their first try and Australia had declared their second innings for 312 runs. As a result, India needed to score 407 runs to win the match, but ended up managing 334 runs for five to draw the match.
The two teams will lock horns with each other for the fourth and final Test at The Gabba in Brisbane from Friday (January 15).