Wanted to keep the line tight and give seamers some rest, reveals Hanuma Vihari
Hanuma Vihari has stated that when he was handed the ball his plan was to bowl tight lines and to provide the fast bowlers some rest. On the way of doing his job, Vihari managed to pick up two important wickets of Marcus Harris and Shaun Marsh which gave the Indian team the much-needed breakthrough.
On day one of the second Test match between India and Australia, allrounder Hanuma Vihari was an elated man as he managed to claim two wickets to get India back into the game. At the end of the day, Australia managed to reach a score of 277/6 in 90 overs in Perth.
After starting well in the first session Australia lost four quick wickets and slumped to 148/4 from being 112 for no loss. Thereafter, Shaun Marsh and Travis Head added 84 runs for the fifth wicket before Vihari managed to get Shaun Marsh and break the partnership.
"It was an important wicket at that stage because he was set and was looking dangerous after lunch," Vihari said at the post-match press conference.
"Overall, I was prepared for that [to bowl] and happy that I could do my job. I tried to bowl a little quicker. I was trying to hit the surface a little bit more and get the bounce of the wicket. I tried to keep it tight and give seamers some rest."
Forced to make two changes due to injuries to Rohit Sharma and frontline spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the Indian team brought Umesh Yadav and Vihari in place of them. It was not an easy day for India in the field either. The Indian bowlers were made to toil hard in sweltering heat without any wickets for first few hours before India managed to pull the match back a bit as the day ended.
"Our plan was to be disciplined and I think we did very well in that aspect after bouncing back in all three sessions. Overall, bowlers put in a great effort.
"It was a slow wicket to start with. It gained pace after lunch. Bowlers adjusted really well and we were happy with the way we bowled throughout the day," he said.
With already three half-centuries from the Australian batsmen, the Indian team would like to get the remaining four wickets quickly before they do some more damage by piling up a huge total.
"I think the first hour tomorrow will be very crucial. If we get them out below 320 then we are right back in the game," the allrounder explained.