Vihari signs with Warwickshire, likely to represent county team next week
Warwickshire have recruited the services of Indian Test cricketer Hanuma Vihari. The English county team added that the all-rounder is expected to take part in the championship which will start in the next week.
Meanwhile, the all-rounder would have to undergo six days of quarantine. The country team are pretty confident that Vihari will be in the starting XI in the next week’s fixture against Nottinghamshire.
The club’s director of cricket identified as Paul Farbrace in a recent press release added that Vihari is likely to partake in the early part of the championship. The Indian international will do his six days quarantine and will have to receive negative in order to take part in the championship.
“We hope that this gives time for him to do his six days quarantine and to feature in next week’s game versus Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, subject to receiving negative COVID tests.”
It has been learnt that Vihari was roped in by Warwickshire as cover for Pieter Malan after the latter encounter some difficulties in obtaining a visa owing to travel restrictions imposed in view of the increasing pandemic.
“We’re also very grateful to Hanuma for stepping in at such short notice to cover Pieter Malan whilst we await confirmation of visa and his safe entry to the UK from South Africa.”
The 27-year-old all-rounder has done enough justice to Team India in the longest format of the game. Having played 12 Tests for India, Vihari scored 624 runs at an average in excess of 32. He scored 1 hundred and four half-centuries to his name.
Indian fans would fondly remember Vihari’s last outing in the SCG Test against Australia where he stood at the crease for 4 hours despite a torn hamstring. He scored an unbeaten 23 alongside Ravi Ashwin and helped the team settle for a draw.
He came back after an intense rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru but had an indifferent Vijay Hazare Trophy for Andhra, scoring only a single half-century and failing to reach double digits in the next five games.