While the entire nation lauded Hanuma Vihari for showing resilience at the pitch despite injury concerns, BJP MP Babul Supriyo made the headlines for criticizing Vihari for his style of batting.
Speaking to ANI, sources in the team management have revealed that the scan reports are in confirming Hanuma Vihari has a Grade 2 tear which has not only ruled him out of the final game at Brisbane, but also puts him in doubt for the England games. Significantly, Ashwin supported Vihari in this match.
As it turned out, they batted unseparated for 42.4 overs even as Vihari suffered a hamstring injury on the final day of the Test and Ashwin had back pain.
Vihari, who was going through a lean patch in the ongoing Test series against Australia, went on to show grit and fight with the bat as he batted for 161 balls and combined with Ashwin to deny Australia a win in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It was later revealed by his wife Prithi on social media. "I am amazed at what @ashwinravi99 pulled off today", she tweeted after the win.
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara resumed play on the judgment but then Nathan Lyon got rid of the stand-in captain early on in the innings.
Hanuma Vihari has scored just 23 points in 161 games, playing 161 balls. On the other hand, Ashwin chipped in with 39 off 128 balls. As the former had a hamstring injury, he found it hard to run and take quick singles.
Ravichandran Ashwin also couldn't help but comment on the tweet. "In fact, we didn't celebrate it at the end because we didn't know what to make of it - because we were so channelised on facing a particular bowler and keep dropping and keep dropping and dead-batting it", said Ashwin who overcame a tweaked back to play about one-and-a-half sessions for a draw. It's something you can only dream of - batting on day five of a Test with the series 1-1. "The communication that we had was really special", he said.
Vihari: Getting a draw out of it was a fabulous result for us.
Babul Supriyo came up with a shocking tweet where he claimed that Vihari has murdered cricket and also killed a chance for India to script a historic victory. If I wasn't injured and Puji was there for some more time, we would have had a different result.