Question marks remain over Siraj’s availability to the decision maker after he got a hoarding niggle at Wanderers
“I have not had a detailed discussion with the physiotherapist yet, but from everything I hear and from just having a talk with him, he is really recovering and should be ready to go in four days.”
Dravid was full of praise for Vihari – and even mentioned his first-innings contribution as he made a solid start before being caught on short legs from a steep lift – but said young players have always had to wait on their turn in international cricket.
“First of all, I think Vihari played really well in this test match, actually in both innings,” Dravid said. “I think he got an ugly one at first, unfortunately for him it turned up and the fielder got his fingertips to it and took a really good catch and he hit beautifully in the second half so it gives us a lot of confidence.
“Shreyas have also done it two or three Test matches ago, he has also got races and I think they just have to take heart from the fact that when they get the opportunities, they do well, and hopefully their time You look back on some of our guys who are now considered senior players, they also had to wait.
“They also had to score many races they’ve had, at the start of their careers, it’s probably also been a bit of a stop-start. So it happens. It’s just the nature of the sport, it’s the nature of the game, and it will happen. , so I think they can take courage [from their performances] and we can take a lot of confidence from the way Vihari beat in this match, he played really well, it should give him a lot of confidence and it definitely gives us a lot of confidence. “
If Siraj is not in form, India have back-up in the experienced Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav for the match starting on January 11th.