India batsman and third Test Hero Hanuma Vihari, who was ruled out of the series decider in the wake of enduring a Grade 2 tear on his hamstring, left the Australian shores on Friday.
Vihari, who was experiencing a lean fix in the continuous Test series against Australia, proceeded to show coarseness and battle as he batted for 161 balls. He maintained a sturdy partnership with Ashwin for 2.5 hours to deny Australia a success in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on the final day of the Test.
After the end of the match, it was discovered that he batted with a Grade 2 tear to make the Sydney draw. The group of executives discovered that the scan reports were in and Vihari had a Grade 2 tear, which not just moved him out of the last game, but additionally placed him in uncertainty for the initial phase of the England arrangement. It generally takes 3 to 6 weeks to completely recover from a Grade 2 tear.
“His scan reports are in and he has a Grade 2 tear which means the boy batted for around 3 hours with searing pain. He deserves praise for standing there and holding fort like a true champion,” a source in the know of the matter had said earlier.
Vihari shared a picture before departing from Australia. “Until next time Australia,” Vihari tweeted.
Meanwhile, for the fourth Test, India has made some necessary changes to their team. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, and Jasprit Bumrah all missed the final game of the series due to injuries. The four players who filled their places are Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, Mayank Agarwal, and Washington Sundar. Tamil Nadu duo, spinner Sundar and pacer Natarajan, made their Test debut in the fourth Test.