Ever since the Indian selectors have named the Indian squad for the last two Test matches against England, one name has bought limelight on various social media platforms and i.e., Hanuma Vihari. He has been playing domestic cricket for more than 5 years and there is no denying to the fact that he is has amassed a plethora of runs in all of the domestic tournaments in recent times.
With 5142 runs in 63 first-class matches, Vihari’s average of 59.79 is the highest first-class average among the currently active players in the world and that helped him to book a seat in the Indian squad. Vihari was also the leading run-scorer of Ranji Trophy 2017/18 season. The batting-all rounder began his career with Hyderabad and later switched to Andhra.
In IPL, he plays for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (IPL) and is the only part-time off-spinner to dismiss the mighty Chris Gayle for a golden duck in the history of the tournament. Sharing his feeling after called-up for the Indian squad, Vihari has shared his insights about a host of other challenges and opportunities he has over the next year.
Hanuma Vihari stated that VVS Laxman has had a big influence in his career. He termed the former Laxman as a legend with whom he has got a few chances of playing. He also credited India A coach Rahul Dravid for his valuable pieces of advice. The 24-year-old hit 148 against South Africa A in Alur earlier this month and seems to be in a good frame of mind.
Talking about his inspiration, Vihari said, “Coming from Hyderabad, VVS Laxman has been an inspiration. He is a legend. I was fortunate to play a few games with him and it was very helpful for me to get his advice and motivation. With SRH, he was our mentor and discussions centred around the dynamics of the T20 game. He always told me to trust my game, gave me a lot of freedom and be in a good space of mind.”