Hanuma Vihari justified his selection for the fifth and final Test against England by scoring a half-century calculated on his debut in the Test. The selection of Hanuma Vihari against Karun Nair in game XI received much criticism, but the debutant absorbed all the pressure and resisted expectations. By virtue of her maiden test number fifty, she became the fourth Indian to register a score of more than fifty in a test debut innings in England. Rusi Modi (57 * in 1946), Sourav Ganguly (131 in 1996) and Rahul Dravid (95 in 1996) are the other three Indians in the fray.
During his stay in the middle, Vihari played 124 balls in which he connected seven limits and one six out of Ben Stokes on Day 2.
Vihari put together a 77-race partnership with Ravindra Jadeja to stabilize India's innings and frustrate English bowlers.
However, Moeen Ali gave the hosts the much-needed breakthrough by firing Vihari by 56 in the morning session of the third day.
Moeen Ali threw a thrown pitch that turned towards right-handed hitters, forcing Vihari to take a step forward in defense. The ball had a weak blow when Jonny Bairstow caught well behind the stumps.
Apart from this, Vihari became the 26th player in India to record a score of more than fifty in debut tickets when he took a single from Ben Stokes in the 71st finals.
The last Indian before him was Hardik Pandya, who made 50 in Galle in July 2017
In 63 first-class matches, Vihari has scored 5,142 runs with an average of 59.79. He has 15 centuries and 24 years fifty in his name with a score higher than 302 *.
During the lunch on day 3, India had a 240-hour mark, with Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma on strike and swept England for 92 races.