India’s fitness problems in the Test series against Australia are increasing and the hero of the third Test drawn in Sydney, Hanuma Vihari will not be able to play the fourth Test in Brisbane due to a hamstring injury. Vihari is understood to have been taken for a scan after the match. Its report is expected by Tuesday evening. According to PTI, a BCCI source told that Vihari will not be able to fit until the next match which starts on January 15. The Andhra player scored 23 off 161 balls and saved the Sydney Test match with R Ashwin.
A source said that Vihari’s injury will be known only after the scan report is received but he will have to stay out for four weeks even after a grade one injury and then undergo rehabilitation. Not only the Brisbane Test, but he can also be left out of the home series against England. However, in the home series, the Indian team prefers to field an extra bowler, so Vihari was less likely to be selected in the playing eleven. He will be needed on the England tour where an extra batsman will be needed in the playing eleven.
As an alternative to Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha can be roped in as the wicketkeeper and Rishabh Pant as the batsman or Mayank Agarwal may be included in the middle order. Pant also had an innings of 97 runs. It is understood that both Vihari and Pant were given analgesics to continue batting. In Brisbane, Shardul Thakur can replace Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja is also injured.