Middle order batsman Hanuma Vihari, who was the hero of the third Test match of the 4-match series against Australia, returned home on Friday. Hanuma played an important role with Ravichandran Ashwin in drawing this Sydney Test match played in Sydney.
Right-handed batsman Hanuma scored an unbeaten 23 off 161 balls despite the pain. During this, he shared a 62-run partnership with Ashwin off 259 balls. Ashwin also returned unbeaten. Hanuma succumbed to a hamstring strain during batting.
The board wished to get well soon
27-year-old Hanuma was ruled out of the fourth Test due to injury. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) uploaded a picture of Hanuma on his Twitter handle on Friday in which he was seen sitting at the airport. The BCCI praised this Andhra Pradesh batsman and wished him to get well soon.
Hanuma and Ashwin batted 42.4 overs
On the fifth day of the Sydney Test, Ashwin scored 39 runs off 128 balls, while Vihari showed tremendous patience in the fourth innings. Hanuma and Ashwin batted 42.4 overs. Australia had a 407-run mountain-like goal in front of India. In the second innings, India’s young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant played an excellent innings of 97 runs while Cheteshwar Pujara contributed 77 runs. The Indian team was successful in scoring 272 runs for 5 wickets.
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After the match, Hanuma had praised Ashwin fiercely and said that this off-spinner played the role of elder brother in that innings. The 4-match series between India and Australia is currently 1–1.