India head coach Rahul Dravid heaped praise on both Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer, but that doesn't mean that they will be preferred over and above Ajinkya Rahane or Cheteshwar Pujara.
Ahead of the second Test at Johannesburg, India captain Virat Kohli suffered an upper back spasm. Kohli is under observation of the BCCI medical team.
Experienced top-order batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane need to do more to keep upcoming batsmen like Shreyas Iyer out of the Indian Test Playing XI.
Here's a look at India's possible combination for the first Test match against South Africa. India take on South Africa in the Boxing Day Test at Supersport Park in Centurion, starting December 26.
Two of India's support staff initially tested positive for Covid-19 before another round of tests came out negative. Had the repeat tests been positive, the South Africa A vs India A Test match would have been called off.
Chasing 234 runs for victory, India were well on course for a win at 155/3 in their second innings when bad light forced early stumps with Hanuma Vihari unbeaten on 72. Abhimanyu Easwaran contributed with 55.
In reply to South Africa A's total, Priyank Panchal (24) and Prithvi Shaw (42) gave India A good start with a 57-run opening wicket stand. Earlier, coming into bat at No.8, Marco Jansen top-scored for hosts with an unbeaten 70 off 123 balls.
All the three Indian spinners - Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham and Baba Aparajith - failed to pick up a wicket as South Africa-A reached 343/3 at the close of Day 1 in Bloemfontein.
With former India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin at the helm of Hyderabad Cricket Association, Vihari might lead the state in the upcoming season.
County XI batted for 15.5 overs, scoring 31/0 before the players shook hands to end the match in a drab draw
Hanuma Vihari, while being in the UK for his county stint, has created a team of 100 volunteers across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.
Hanuma Vihari struggled a lot while facing Stuart Broad during his agonising 40-minute stay in the middle
Hanuma Vihari has scored 624 runs in 12 Tests for India at an average of 32 plus, including a hundred and four half-centuries
The right-handed middle-order batsman has already left for the UK and will be a part of the Birmingham based county side for at least three games this season.
As the Australian tour hits its business end, the Indian team's list of injuries will make it very difficult for new national selection committee to pick a decent bowling attack for the England Test series
This comes a couple of days after Vihari saved the Sydney Test scoring a determined 23 of 161 balls along with Ravichandran Ashwin
Here's a lowdown of all the injuries that happened to Indian cricketers prior to and during the Australia series along with their current status
The growing number of injured players in the Indian camp in Australia has presented opportunities to fringe players
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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