The Indian cricket team is having a problem with No 5 position as they are in dilemma, whom to fill in that position. The natural hitting player Rohit Sharma and technically solid batsman Hanuma Vihari are the strong contenders for this No 5 batting position. Let us have a small look at these players.
Vihari is the Right-handed batsman, who played for Andhra in domestic cricket. The Kakinada born player has played 72 first-class matches and scored 5810 runs with 17 tons & 27 half-centuries. The Andhra young lad has also maintained the best batting average of 58.1 and strike rate of 48.8. The 25-year- old has also struck a whopping 302* runs against Odisha in Ranji Trophy.
The management should prefer Hanuma Vihari for the first Test match at No 5 spot. Vihari has the capability of scoring decent runs in the red ball game. During the Australia tour of India, Vihari grabbed an opportunity to open the innings along with Mayank Agarwal, While in both the innings Vihari didn't score too many runs, but he has the mettle of defending the ball in the longest format of the game as he is a very solid batsman in technically. The team management should give him space to settle in that position. The part-time spinner may also open the innings with Mayank Agarwal or KL Rahul or play in the No 5 position.
Mumbaikar Rohit Sharma has only played 27 Test matches with the batting average of 39.6 and strike rate of 55.0. The 32-year-old scored 1585 runs with 3 hundreds & 10 half-centuries. Sharma has made his highest score 177 in his Test debut match against West Indies in November 2013 during Sachin Tendulkar's farewell series.
Recently, Rohit Sharma had played an enormous batting in the white-ball game where he smashed 5 centuries in the 2019 World Cup. The Mumbai Indians skipper has also played a decent batting in his previous Test matches against Aussies. In a 3-day practice match against West Indies A, Rohit scored 68 runs by playing in the 5th position. If the management drags him in the first Test, everyone will eye on hitman whether he can continue his good form in the Test cricket as well.
India will lock horns with West Indies for the first Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua on August 22.