Indian cricket team head coach Rahul Dravid feels that middle-order batsmen Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari will not be regular players until the senior players who are currently in the team are dropped. Hanuma Vihari played an important knock in the second innings against South Africa in the Johannesburg Test of 40 runs and remained not out though the team was bowled out on 266 by South African bowlers. South Africa leveled the series by 1-1 after chasing down 240 runs. The host put on a great batting performance as in the whole second innings they only lost 3 wickets which made their victory look more massive.
Rahul Dravid faced some questions on Friday where he spoke about so many things which also include his comments on young faces of the Indian cricket team Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari. He still thinks that these batsmen need some time before heading into the first team on a regular basis. “If you look at some of our guys now senior players and being sort of considered senior players, they have also had to wait for their time and also have had to score a lot of runs at the start of their careers,” Rahul Dravid said as reported by TOI on Friday.
Rahul Dravid’s comments on these young players indicate that the players like Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari will be rotational team players instead of regulars. This brings a question to many fans’ minds whether Vihari who did perform good in the second Test will be there in the third which is being scheduled to play at Cape Town. The third Test between India and South Africa will be a decider.