Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India call Shaw, Vihari for England Tests

India call Shaw, Vihari for England Tests

Apart from captaining the Under-19 team to World Cup glory in February, Shaw has also been a consistent performer in the domestic arena.

Rohit Sharma has the second highest average from India with 54.71 with Cheteshwar Pujara is third at 53.94. On the other hand, Hanuma Vihari, 24, has been playing in the domestic circuit for a while now and has made 5142 runs from 63 First-Class matches at 59.79 - the highest average among active domestic circuit players.

Among all this. Mayank Agarwal, who made upwards of 2000 runs in domestic cricket across the format previous year and has been in good touch for India in the last couple of months, will have to wait for his turn to get his India cap. He made 62 and a two-ball duck in a 253-run defeat by England Lions.

Besides Shaw, Andhra Pradesh skipper Hanuma Vihari was also picked in the squad that will face England in the fourth and fifth Tests at Southampton and London respectively.

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Hanuma Vihari will be soon flying to England to join the Indian Test squad for the final two Tests against England and even though the 24-year-old knows he might have to wait for his Test cap, the Hyderabad-born batsman reckons he is ready to grab the opportunity, whenever it comes, and make it his own. The opener is in fine form too, having scored 136 for India A against South Africa A in Bengaluru two weeks ago. Leading the side, Vihari shot into national prominence after his spell-binding performances in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy season where he scored a mammoth 752 runs in just six outings averaging 94. Kuldeep Yadav, meanwhile, has been sent home to play for India A team in two four-day matches against Australia A. Recently, he scored a fine 148 against South Africa A side.

Shaw has had received extreme amount of help from India U-19 and A coach Rahul Dravid and that showed in the Indian Premier League as well.

"So once I get to a hundred I will have the confidence to score a double hundred or even a triple hundred, previous year which I got". A resplendent 183 followed against Vidarbha in the Irani Cup in March earlier this year following which a trip with the India 'A'side to the tour of England beckoned. He might not get a game in England this time but he is certainly on the right track forward. He was also part of the India A team which toured England in June, scoring a one-day hundred against the West Indies-A in the triangular series.

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