Hanuma Vihari, the Indian middle-order batsman, will feature in the early rounds of the County Championship for Warwickshire, the club confirmed on Thursday (April 8). Vihari, who is arriving in the UK today, will have to undergo six days of quarantine and is likely to play in the next week's game against Nottinghamshire, subject to the cricketer returning negative in the COVID tests.
Vihari, who made his Test debut against England in 2018, has more than 7000 first-class runs at an average of 56.75. He has scored a hundred and four fifties in his 12-Test career and played a crucial role in India drawing the third Test against Australia during their tour Down Under.
"He's a high-quality batsman, and an effective off-spinner, who has been part of two India Test series victories in Australia. But he also comes to Warwickshire with an outstanding record in the First Class game and our young batsmen are going to learn a huge amount from playing and training with someone of Hanuma's caliber," added Farbrace.
"We're also very grateful to Hanuma for stepping in at such short notice to cover Pieter Malan whilst we await confirmation of visa and his safe entry to the UK from South Africa," said Paul Farbrace, Warwickshire's Director of Cricket.
Speaking about his stint with the county, Vihari said: "I'm looking forward to this opportunity and to play for a big club like Warwickshire is really exciting."