I am ready to open for the team: Vihari


After coming to India's rescue in their tour match in Hamilton, Hanuma Vihari has said he's open to the idea of opening the innings in the upcoming Tests against New Zealand, Cricbuzz reports

"You have to understand what shots to avoid on these pitches - initially at least," Vihari said. "Then if you can control it in your mind then I feel it's not so difficult to adjust. But once you have a certain gameplan and if you can stick to it, then I feel it's easy enough to adjust.

"In international level, you have to be thinking on your feet. And I was quick enough to adjust my games according to the conditions so whenever I bat next, New Zealand or Australia, wherever it is, it is up to me what I want to do with my game and how quickly I adjust and I'm happy that I could do it." "Sometimes you have to understand the team combination as well," Vihari explained. "You can't get disheartened by it. 

I understood as well when you are playing at home, we play 5 bowlers. It's obvious that one batter has to miss out. So I took it in my stride. And I thought when I bat next for my team, I'll just go out there and follow my process and not try too much or not try to prove anyone but do my basics right and stick to my processes."

"We experienced that against New Zealand A as well. When the wicket flattens out, they try to experiment with the short balls and I'm sure even Neil Wagner will come up with the same ploy., We've seen it before in the Australian series and the home series for them. 

We are prepared for it. We've got that good experience in India A as well. They did come up with short balls when we played against New Zealand A. Today as well they bowled quite a number of short balls. It's good exposure for us," Vihari said.