Hanuma Vihari flew to England on Sunday to join County team Warwickshire. Vihari will play at least three games for the County before joining the Indian team for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand that will be played from June 18-22.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.
Vihari was signed up by Warwickshire as cover for Pieter Malan after the South African faced difficulties in obtaining a visa, with South Africa falling under the category of "red list" country as per the UK government, with Warwickshire awaiting clarity over Malan's availability. "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. "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 calibre," added Farbrace. 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." Vihari has played IPL for the Hyderabad and Delhi franchises in the past. The last time he featured in IPL was in 2019, when he played just two matches.