The third Test against Australia, Indian middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari scored 23 runs off 161 balls to save the game for India. Vihari struggled with cramps very early in his innings on the final day and could barely run. Despite that, as he went off to bat for 161 deliveries. Given the scenario, with set batsmen back in the hut, it was more important for the visitors to save the match. That’s what Vihari did as he faced 161 deliveries and scored just 23 runs.
But it not gone well with Union Minister Babul Supriyo, who tweeted “Playing 109 balls to score 7! That is atrocious to say the least. Hanuma Bihari has not only killed any Chance for India to achieve a historic win but has also murdered Cricket.Not keeping win an option, even if remotely, is criminal. PS: I know that I know nothing about cricket.”
The perspective has not gone down well with people online and face backlashes. "Nothing wrong in being ignorant but announcing it to the world so blatantly is outrageous," one fan tweeted.
Facing backlash Babul Supriyo again tweeted “Doesn't mattered,every1 is entitled to an opinion and trolls mostly have a 'loser' mindset. True, he has a hamstring injury, but balls that can be hit for a four without taking any risk is not an impossibility. Am working since 9am, just have the TV ON but trolls live on Social Media”
Ajinkya Rahane India’s stand in captain praise for Ashwin and Vihari's for their heroics performance.
"This is as good as winning a Test match, when you come abroad and play a match like this, it was really special. Credit to Ashwin and Vihari for the way they batted, Pujara, Rohit, Pant everyone chipped into the team's cause. But credit to Vihari and Ashwin for batting 2.5 hours in the end," said Rahane while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference.
"We knew we had to take it one session at a time, we were not thinking about our target. Pujara and Pant batted well for us, but once they got out, unfortunately, Vihari had the injury and because of that, he had to play with a certain approach. Credit to all the guys for the way we played and this feels as good as a win," he added.