Rahul Dravid never believed in “rocking the boat” and certainly won’t change his template to give Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane the longest rope, even if Hanuma Vihari’s wait for regular chances gets a little longer.
Vihari, the “Tough Runs Man” of Indian cricket has never had it easy in terms of odds as he only played one of his 13 Tests at home and it was skipper Virat Kohli’s back cramps and Shreya’s Iyer’s stomach virus that opened the door for him opened up another opportunity.
The Hyderabad man made his contribution in the second innings with an unbeaten 40 in India’s 240 goal for the Proteas.
“First of all, I have to say that Vihari really played in both innings. In the first innings he got a bad one and unfortunately for him, it showed up and the fielder just got his fingertips to it and made a really good catch gushing in his praise for Vihari.
He also took the opportunity to praise Shreyas Iyer, another strong mid-tier competitor.
“Shreyas (Iyer) obviously did that two or three friendlies ago and he obviously did and all you have to do is courage that whenever you get an opportunity she will do well and hopefully your time will come.”
But that doesn’t mean he’s preferred to a Rahane or a Pujara in this lineup, with Kohli making his comeback in the next game, Dravid made pretty clear.
In fact, he cited unnamed examples during his season when the middle class was full and guys like Kohli, Pujara, and Rahane had to wait a year or two before becoming regulars on the testing team.
“If you look at some of our guys who are now seniors, and if you look at them as seniors, they had to wait their time and get a lot of runs early in their careers.”
Dravid may have a transition and exit plan, but like everything has its own good timing, this one too has to wait.
“So it happens (wait) as it is the nature of the sport,” he said, adding, “We can take a lot of heart from the way Vihari did in this game and that should give him a lot of confidence and that should give us one. ” a lot of self-confidence. “
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