After not getting a buyer in the Indian Premier League (IPL), a vital member of the Indian Test team is all set to utilise this time in preparation for the upcoming six-Test season in the United Kingdom (UK). Notably, not only will the Indian team take on New Zealand in the finals of the World Test Championship at Southampton after the IPL, but they also have a five-match Test series against England after that. To get used to these conditions, it is India’s Hanuma Vihari, who is all set to play for English county side Warwickshire.
Contract is being chalked out: BCCI official
The right-handed batsman, who was out with an injury midway during the Australia Test series, is already in the UK and will play at least three matches with the Birmingham based county side this season.
”Yes, Vihari will be playing in the English county side for Warwickshire this season. He would play a few games. He is already in England now,” a senior BCCI official told news agency PTI on Tuesday.
”The contract is being chalked out. He will play a minimum of three games. We are trying to figure out if there is a chance to play a few more,” the official added.
Feel for Vihari as he missed out on IPL: Pujara
Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara, also victim of being labelled a Test specialist, had said that he feels for Hanuma Vihari as the latter couldn’t be part of the IPL last year. While Vihari last played in IPL 2019 for Delhi Capitals, Pujara is making a comeback in the T20 competition after 2014 and will don CSK colours this season.