Despite the fact that India will face a tough opponent in New Zealand, batsman Hanuma Vihari said India is optimistic heading into the World Test Championship (WTC).
From July 18 to 22, the match will be held at the Ageas Bowl.
“I am trying to prepare in the best way possible for the WTC Final and the England series. It’s going to be interesting and exciting as well for all the Indian fans because it’s the first edition of the WTC. We are in the finals and we are playing New Zealand, which is going to be challenging in these conditions, we all know that, but the Indian team can do outstanding things,” Vihari told India Today.
After missing the England series due to injury, Vihari will be making his return to the Test squad.
He sustained the injury while batting against Australia in the third Test in January, when he faced 161 deliveries to remain unbeaten on 26 and lead India to a draw.
Vihari has since played seven games for Andhra Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, scoring 65 runs in his only double-digit innings.
He went on to play three County games for Warwickshire, scoring 0, 8, 32, 52, 8 and 0 respectively.