Indian middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari batted more than 3 hours in pain after suffering a grade 2 tear in his hamstring to save the Test match for India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He along with Ashwin batted for 258 balls, adding 62* runs and earning respect from all quarters.
While someone who understands Test cricket knew the importance of that knock, others like singer and MP Babul Supriyo were disappointed that the Indian batsmen didn’t go for a win.
“Playing 109 balls to score 7! That is atrocious to say the least•Hanuma Bihari has not only killed any Chance for India to achieve a historic win but has also murdered Cricket.. not keeping win an option, even if remotely, is criminal. PS: I know that I know nothing abt cricket,” Supriyo had tweeted.
Vihari shut down the ‘keyboard warrior’ as they say noting that he had mentioned Hanuma Vihari’s name wrong and left Twitterati in splits.
AUS v IND 2020-21: Hanuma Vihari shuts down Member of Parliament Babul Supriyo who questioned his knock at SCG
Here’s what happened:
— Hanuma vihari (@Hanumavihari) January 13, 2021
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, who has established himself as one of the wittiest Twitter users, posted a screengrab of the above tweet and wrote, “Apna Vihari, Sab par Bhari”
Apna Vihari , Sab par Bhaari ! pic.twitter.com/PoHqWHUIwV
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 13, 2021
Hanuma Vihari saw out the Test match somehow but has been ruled out of the fourth Test at The Gabba in Brisbane that starts from Friday, January 15.
Team India has been magnificent in the ongoing Test series so far despite being marred by injuries, below-par quarantine facilities, racist comments from the crowd, abusive sledging from the opposition, and a strong Australian bowling attack.
They will be hoping to finish the series on a high as it might go down as one of the best foreign tours for Team India in this century.