2nd Test: Hanuma Vihari Plays Down Pitch Factor After India Bundled Out For 242 On Day 1 | Cricket News

NZ vs IND, 2nd Test: Hanuma Vihari Plays Down Pitch Factor After India Bundled Out For 242 On Day 1

Hanuma Vihari on Saturday mentioned poor shot choice led to India getting bowled out for a below-par 242 against New Zealand on a “fair pitch”, dealing a blow to their hopes of a comeback within the two-Test collection. New Zealand have been 63 for no loss at stumps on the opening day of the second and last Test. Vihari, who was very spectacular in his 55 off 70 balls, mentioned that he wished to assault in order that Cheteshwar Pujara can play his pure sport of grinding the bowling. “Yes, obviously as the pitch didn’t do as much as we expected,” Vihari was sincere in his evaluation of the inexperienced prime. 

“They bowled in good areas and knew what to anticipate from this monitor. Prithvi set the tone, Pujara hung out. All dismissals occurred at mistaken time. None of the dismissals have been due to the pitch. Mostly it was due to batsmen’s error. Pitch was truthful,” the reliable middle-order batsman mentioned. 

On this monitor, a complete in extra of 300 would have been an excellent first-innings rating. 

Vihari regarded in command whereas enjoying the quick ball and he mentioned leaving them would have additionally hampered Pujara’s pure sport. 

Both of them enjoying a defensive sport within the first Test in Wellington price India dearly. 

“As Pujara was playing at one end and I wanted to take that lead and play positively because he is a player who will play for a lot of time. We know that. 

“So I did not additionally wish to take time and put stress on Pujara or on our innings as a result of in the event you do not hold scoreboard transferring you’re going to get caught like within the final sport. That’s why I made a decision to play positively and take them on,” Vihari explained his game plan. 

He regretted getting out at the wrong time as his dismissal at the stroke of tea triggered a collapse in the final session. 

“It was a mistaken time to get out clearly simply earlier than tea as we had a great session. We scored 110 runs and misplaced just one wicket previous to that. I used to be batting positively however I performed one shot too many.” 

For Vihari, going after the short ball was his decision. 

“It was a private determination. As a staff we wished to indicate extra intent. Wicket was significantly better right here and it was a private determination to place the quick ball away and put stress on them. 

“It didn’t go our way on a couple of occasions. I am sure when we get opportunity again we can do it.”

Vihari had performed an A sport on the Hagley Oval and his evaluation is that the pitch would flatten out finally. 

“I played an India A game here and that’s what I was communicating to my teammates that it doesn’t do much after the first session and it really flattens out after that.

“It will decelerate on day three and 4. It performed in line with our creativeness. It’s a good wicket,” he assessed. He mentioned Kyle Jamieson’s five-wicket haul was effectively deserved. 

“He will get way more bounce than different bowlers and that additional bounce is an element on these form of pitches the place it’s bouncy and way more spongy than Indian tracks. 

“To play him on frontfoot balls are more dangerous than back of length or short balls. Jamieson deservingly got five wickets.” 

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