Vihari dropped for NZ Tests

Middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer and off-spinner Jayant Yadav found a place in the India Test squad while Hanuma Vihari has been dropped for the two-match home assignment against New Zealand.Middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer and off-spinner Jayant Yadav found a place in the India Test squad while Hanuma Vihari has been dropped for the two-match home assignment against New Zealand.

Vihari will, instead, travel with the India ‘A’ squad for the tour of South Africa, where he will get an opportunity to impress the selectors. Prasidh Krishna will be the fourth pacer, with wicketkeeper-batter KS Bharat deputising for Wriddhiman Saha. As was expected, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in the first Test.

Hanuma Vihari's last innings in India's Test colors came in Sydney in January when his heroic 161-ball knock helped save the Test on the final day. Despite being in the squad, he didn't get a chance in England for the Pataudi Trophy.