Hanuma Vihari keen to learn from County Championship challenge

Batsman ready for England move

Lord's Cricket Ground England Pavillion

India middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari hopes to continue his progress with a stint in the English County Championship this summer.

The 26-year-old is close to signing a deal with a county side but will have to wait until plans become clearer following the Coronavirus outbreak.

However, should the move go ahead as planned, Vihari is keen to learn from a spell in England. He impressed with battling performances with the bats during India’s recent overseas Tests and want to continue that development.

“I was supposed to play four English county games this season. I would only be able to tell you the name when all the paperwork is complete. Right now, it's on hold due to the unavoidable situation (COVID-19),” He said in an exclusive interview with PTI.

“I Hope once it's under control, I will be able to play those games. It will be a learning experience for me,” he said.

Vihari wants to build on New Zealand showing

Vihari’s best knock against New Zealand came when he made 55 in Christchurch. He was disappointed he didn’t go one from that and help his country to victory.

He added: “I wouldn't call it my best innings. Yes, I was playing well but that innings didn't get a victory for my team. It was good to score runs in tough conditions, but you value it more when the team wins.”

Vihari has played in nine Tests so far for India and all have come away from home. He is looking forward to a chance to play on home soil and thinks one of his big strengths is his adaptability to the conditions in front of him.

“I believe I have been able to adapt well in all conditions and I have confidence that I can perform any role that the team assigns me,” he said.

“I am sure that I will get a chance to play in home conditions as well. My job is to work hard and be prepared for any situation.”

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