ICC WTC Final: Hanuma Vihari comes up with perfect plan to deal with swinging Duke balls in WTC Final.
ICC WTC Final: Team India’s test regular Hanuma Vihari recently came up with his idea and plan to deal with swinging Duke balls against New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship final. Vihari recently played in England’s famous County Cricket for Warwickshire and that has helped him get valuable insights for the forthcoming all-important World Test Championship.
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Virat Kohli-led Indian whites will fight out the final battle against New Zealand to win the Test Championship Mace. The final battle is slated to begin on 18th June at Rose Bowl Southampton.
The all-rounder, who managed to score a half-century in one of his three county games for Warwickshire, said playing duke balls late and close to the line will definitely help India in the upcoming games.
Talking about the conditions, Vihari explained that it is not easy to predict anything in England. The weather plays an important part in the game as when it’s overcast the balls move throughout the day and when the sun comes out, it becomes fairly easy to bat on.
“The overhead conditions play a part as well because when it’s sunny, it gets a bit easier to bat, but when it’s overcast, the ball moves all day,” said Hanuma Vihari.
Vihari’s debut in the County Championship for Warwickshire started with a 23 balls duck off Stuart Broad. Explaining what he did wrong even after facing close to three overs from Broad, Virahi said: “I thought it was full enough for me to drive, but again, in England you have to be really certain with your shot selection. In India, you can get away with a push, or even if it is not there to drive, you can still get away driving on the up. If I were to play that ball a second time, I would try to play as late possible.”
Talking about his guards in England, Virahi preferred to take a middle stump guard in order to come in the line of the ball and play shots more precisely.
“Here, in England, you have to get more in line and judge the off stump more because of the movement of the ball,” the cricketer said.
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