Just a couple of days after his heroics which helped India secure an unlikely draw against Australia in Sydney, Hanuma Vihari has garnered some limelight again. The middle-order batsman, who struggled through a hamstring injury to put on a 259-ball blockathon along with Ravichandran Ashwin at the Sydney Cricket Ground, responded to Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Minister Babul Supriyo’s tweet criticizing him for his low strike rate, with a simple two-word post that has gone viral.
On Day 5, Babul Supriyo had 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 abt cricket”. Vihari responded by simply correcting Babul Supriyo’s typo in spelling his name.
— Hanuma vihari (@Hanumavihari) January 13, 2021
Twitterati comes out praising Hanuma Vihari for his response and further criticized the BJP Minister, who had already faced plenty of flak when he had originally posted his tweet.
“King has dethroned in style,” one of the users wrote. “Dear Hanuma Vihari please ignore Mr Babul ignorance. You saved India from defeat with limping leg. Kudos to you my friend,” wrote another. “KING!” wrote another.
Tweet of the decade😜😜
— abhinav shukla (@_shukla_abhinav) January 13, 2021
— Nobody (@itsNobody4u) January 13, 2021
— Chintan (@chintan20) January 13, 2021
From 13 January 2021 14:53, consider me as a biggest Hanuma Vihari Fan…. https://t.co/snDGJ6ELLz
— Mônika🏏 (@ThakkarMonika7) January 13, 2021
Hanuma Vihari’s tweet picked up over 3,000 re-tweets and 8,000 likes within half an hour of being posted.
Vihari suffered a hamstring injury towards the start of his knock in the fourth innings but went on to bat out 161 deliveries against a strong Australian attack to help India avoid defeat and keep the series tied at 1-1 going into the fourth and final match of the series in Brisbane.