When he departed for 16 off 37 balls, Vihari had to go for a scan, where an X-ray revealed a fracture. ESPNcricinfo has learned that at the time, Vihari was told he would likely be out of action for up to four weeks. The team management decided that they will bat only when required.
It was then that Vihari returned and took over as a left-handed batsman to save his broken arm. With his left hand fully taped, he taped the delivery almost completely using one hand, the right hand.
Before lunch, Vihari managed to play a full over of Ayush, and hit two more boundaries to go with his overnight haul of three, including a steer to take Ayush to the point boundary. He even pushed off-spinner Jain to hit his second boundary of the morning.
By the end of the session, Mohan kept most of the strike to ensure that Vihari did not damage his arm further.
Vihari has had a mixed season, scoring 475 runs in 13 innings so far at an average of 39.58 with two half-centuries.
*GMT 1555 The article was amended after confirming that the injury was to Vihari’s arm and not his wrist, and that he is expected to be out of action for four weeks.