Team India Test specialist Hanuma Vihari played one of the most important knocks of his career in the second innings of Sydney Test that helped India in drawing the match. Vihari played a gritty knock of unbeaten 23 runs in 161 balls to save the game for his team. While many hailed the 27-year-old for his resilience but there were few who criticized him for not showing intent to win the game. Also Read - AUS vs IND | Can't Question India's Resilience & Willingness to Stay in Fight: Adam Gilchrist
Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Babul Supriyo lashed out Vihari for his slow innings. Also Read - Brisbane Test | Inexperienced Indian Bowling Attack Was Committed to Task on Day 1: Sunil Gavaskar
“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,” Babul Supriyo tweeted. Also Read - Australia vs India 2021: Centurion Marnus Labuschagne Disappointed at Not Getting Big Score at The Gabba, Credits 'Disciplined' Indian Bowling Attack
The right-handed batsman responded to the tweet by correcting the spelling of his last name.
“*Hanuma Vihari,” he tweeted.
The reaction garnered a lot of praise as fans came in support of the 27-year-old and the tweet received 32.9k Likes and 8.4k retweets within three hours.
Ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also reacted on Vihari’s reply and tweeted: “ROFLMAX!!”
Meanwhile, during his 161-ball knock, Hanuma suffered a hamstring injury and is expected to miss the last Test match at Gabba, Brisbane. According to a source, the stylish batman might also miss the Test series against England which is scheduled to start from February 5.
“The extent of Vihari’s tear can only be ascertained after the scan reports come through. But even if it’s a grade 1 tear, he is out for at least four weeks and then will need some rehabilitation time. So it’s not only Brisbane Test but also, he won’t be a part of England Tests at home,” a senior source was quoted by PTI as saying.
The final Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will start from January 15.