India’s Vihari ‘really excited’ by Warwickshire chance

India batsman Hanuma Vihari said Thursday he was “really excited” to have joined Warwickshire for the early stages of the English County Championship season in a move that could bolster his hopes of a test recall. 

The 27-year-old will provide cover for Pieter Malan at Edgbaston as the South African continues to wait for confirmation of a visa.

Vihari, who has scored over 7,000 first-class runs at an average of 56.75 and also bowls off-spin, said in a club statement: “I’m looking forward to this opportunity and to play for a big club like Warwickshire is really exciting.”

Warwickshire director of cricket Paul Farbrace said of Vihari: “He’s a high-quality batsman, and an effective off-spinner, who has been part of two India Test series victories in Australia.

“But he also comes to Warwickshire with an outstanding record in the first-class game and our young batsmen are going to learn a huge amount from playing and training with someone of Hanuma’s calibre.”

India are due to play five Tests in England in August and September and a successful stint with Midlands club Warwickshire coul help Vihari, who won the last of his 12 caps against Australia in Sydney in January, gain selection for the tour.

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