Post the two-match Test series win against the Windies, skipper Virat Kohli showered heaps of praise on middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari.
Vihari emerged as the leading run-scorer of the series with 289 runs in four innings.
“I think the find of the series has to be Hanuma Vihari. The way he has batted under pressure especially. On a much more challenging wicket here in Jamaica than in Antigua, his skill sets were outstanding, his temperament and technique were top notch and he countered everything the opposition threw at him. Very very pleased with the way he has come about,” Kohli told reporters.
Prior to this, the Indian captain had also given him due credit at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“Hanuma was the stand-out batsman in this game. According to the surface, it was a top-class innings from him. He is someone who is sure of his game and it shows. The dressing room feels calm when he’s batting. That’s a quality he possesses naturally.”
“He (Hanuma) is willing to improve. He accepts and corrects his mistakes and plays with a lot of heart. Always up to do anything for the team. It’s a very young career so far but he’s shown why he’s been backed and selected in this team,” Kohli added.
After India’s thumping 257-run triumph over the West Indies in the second Test, the 30-year-old went past MS Dhoni to become the most successful Indian Test captain.
“It (the victory) was pretty comprehensive again. Played really good cricket over four days. Getting the result in a manner that you want is crucial. We were in some tricky situations. Took a lot of character from the boys collectively,” said the overjoyed No. 1 Test batsman in the world.