India vs South Africa: Sanjay Bangar has voted for Hanuma Vihari to replace Shreyas Iyer in the middle order. In addition, he is a member of the Indian team for the Test series against South Africa. Vihari was not selected by the Indian selection for the home Test series against New Zealand. Instead, he was flown to South Africa with India’s A team to prepare for the conditions. Instead, Iyer was given a shot in the middle order. However, upon debut, he smashed a century and a half to throw his hat into the ring. On the Star Sports show Game Plan, during a conversation. For the fifth spot, Bangar had to pick between Vihari, Iyer, and Ajinkya Rahane.
“If I had to choose between Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari, I would choose Hanuma Vihari because of the type of service he has provided. He is deserving of the opportunity to bat ahead of Shreyas Iyer in an international Test match,” Sanjay Bangar said.
“I think Shreyas at the moment is high on confidence. If the thinking of the team management is that young careers have to begin in Indian conditions, so there is a confidence for Shreyas Iyer,” Bangar added.
India vs South Africa: However, the former India batting coach admitted that Iyer will be delighted with his performance against the Kiwis. And then Sanjay Bangar explained why he decided to go with Vihari.
“But look at Hanuma Vihari. He is somebody who has played the hard yards, who has got a hundred in West Indies, he saved a Test match for you in Sydney. Whenever he was asked to open the innings, he did that. He played on a single leg to save a Test match and he got a hundred,” Sanjay Bangar said.
India vs South Africa: Lastly, Hanuma Vihari has never represented India. Since his match-winning innings. Against Australia in the Sydney Test. He was ruled out of the home Tests against England due to injury. When India came to England, Vihari didn’t get a game. And he wasn’t selected for the New Zealand series. Ajinkya Rahane, according to Sanjay Bangar, may struggle to make India’s starting XI.