India’s middle-order batter in Tests, Hanuma Vihari has expressed his confusion over his snub from the Test side. Ahead of the ongoing Test series against West Indies, he was dropped from the team alongside Cheteshwar Pujara. The Hyderabad player, Vihari’s few scores for India were 58, 31, 35, 20 and 11. These scores came while batting at number three.
Apparently, Pujara was dropped for the home series against Sri Lanka early last year due to a string of low scores. However, after doing well in County Cricket, he made his comeback. The 35-year-old’s comeback wasn’t as fruitful as it was during the County season in 2022. Currently, he has been dropped alongside Vihari.
Opening up on his snub from India’s Test plans, Vihari in an interaction with The Indian Express said: “Definitely, there was disappointment.”
“I didn’t find a reason why I was dropped and it was the only thing that was bothering me. Nobody really contacted me and told me the reasons why I was dropped,” he added.
I am not worried about ups and down: Hanuma Vihari
In the same interview, he added that he doesn’t take too much stress about being part of the Indian team.
“It took some time and I have gone through ups and downs and I’m not worried about it now. I’ve put aside my personal side of things and I don’t take too much stress about whether I’m in the Indian team or not. There are other matches to win and it is about winning the trophies,” he said.
On the other hand, the former Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals player in the IPL said that even Ajinkya Rahane made his comeback at the age of 35 so he can too.
“Hope is always there until you retire that you can come back. I’m still 29 and have a lot of time to go. I’ve seen Ajinkya Rahane make a comeback at 35. I have a long way to go. I still feel I can contribute to the Indian side in the Test format, especially if I can get some runs in the domestic season.”