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Hanuma Vihari- Team India, IPL, Ranji Trophy, Interesting Facts


Hanuma Vihari: Indian Cricketer

Everyone has been talking about Hanuma Vihari these days but who is he exactly? What exactly is the story of Hanuma Vihari? Let’s find out.

Hanuma Vihari- Early Career 

The right-handed batsman who also bowls a bit of off-spin was born on the 13th of October 1993 and started playing junior state level cricket at a very young age.

Hanuma Vihari- The Biggest Bouncer Of His Life

He was a mere 11 years old when his father passed away but he stood strong not only for his mother but also for himself. He was focused, determined and had an aim to make it big in life.

Hanuma Vihari Batting
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Hanuma Vihari: Ranji Trophy

When Hanuma Vihari Made His Ranji Trophy Debut

When he was 16, Vihari made his Ranji Trophy debut while applying his trade for the Hyderabad Team.

Hanuma Vihari India A

This happened in the year 2011 when he was not even 18. Vihari was on a roll and certainly the youngster to watch out for.

Hanuma Vihari- Indian Premier League

Vihari made his IPL debut in the year 2013 when he was a part of the Sunrisrers Hyderabad. Interestingly, he grabbed the ‘Man Of The Match’ award’ in his very first game as he created an impact not only with the bat as expected but also with the ball by picking up Chris Gayle’s wicket in the very first over.

When Hanuma Vihari Did A Cheataswara Pujara

Post the IPL 2013, everyone thought Vihari is too slow a player and is not suitable for the T20 format. As a result, he got dropped from the ‘Orange Army’ and neither did anyone else recruit him. There was a red-mark in his strike rate column in his CV, something T20 Team owners absolutely hate.

What Sangakkara’s Quoted About Hanuma Vihari Will Leave You Shocked

There was still light at the end of the tunnel for the youngster as The former Sri Lankan batsman Kumara Sangakkara quoted him as the best 19-year-old he had seen back then. ( We are talking about the year 2013 when Hanuma Vihar was just 19).

Hanuma Vihar Sunrisers Hyderabad

When Hanuma Vihari Picked For The Second Time By The Sunsirers Hyderabad in 2015

This was great. It was time for a comeback. Hanuma had already played an IPL season before and was coming in with a bit of experience. It was even a good time to break into the Indian Team if he would have proved himself, but they never said it would be that easy, did they? For Vihari it actually went worse as he managed to score only 39 runs in the 5 opportunities he got. With so many other good players coming in at that time, it seemed like it was all over for Vihari. Even he would have known that he is not getting an IPL contract anytime soon.

Ranji Trophy 2016- Hanuma Vihari

The return of Hanuma Vihari rather.  He was the captain of the Hyderabad Team and collected a mammoth 626 runs at a whopping average of 48.26. This was the Vihari from back in the days, this was the Vihari his fans knew him as.

Ranji Trophy 2017- Hanuma Vihari

2017 was probably the best year of his life. He put in his papers with Hyderabad and shifted based to Andhra Pradesh to captain their Ranji Team. He did admit that it was a bit difficult adjusting to a completely new culture initially, but once it all settled, the Andhra Ranji Trophy Team  had ‘Hanuma Vihari’ written all over it. He smoked it to all parts of the grounds throughout the season and while doing so even scored his first triple-century against Odhisa. Overall, he played 6 games throughout the season and shamshed 3 half centuries and 2 hundreds in his brief stint. Let’s not forget one of them was a ‘Daddy Hundred’, scratch that, more like a ‘Grand-Daddy’ Hundred considering he scored a triple.

Heart-Break For Hanuma Vihari

The right-handed batsman was the 5th highest run scorer in the Ranji Trophy 2017 and only one batsman in the Top 4- (Anmol-Preet Singh)  had played a game lesser than Vihari. The rest of the laught had played minimum 2 games more than Vihari. Owing to 2 good Ranji Trophy seasons in a row, Vihari was certainly expecting a re-birth in the Indian Premier League. He was sure that one of the owners might certainly give him a call but the call never came. It was as unfortunate as it could get. A man can only so much and Vihari certainly did whatever it took to be there, yet the destination seemed so far.

When Hanuma Vihari Decided To Chin-Up

Hanuma Vihari In Action

Vihari wasn’t one of them to sulk about why destiny did not favour him. He rather decided to march on in life and he decided to go to England and played the Shepherd Neame Essex Premier League where he also focused on increasing his strike-rate which he managed to do successfully.

Also Read: All You Need To Know About Prithvi Shaw 

Hanuma Vihari Deodhar Trophy

He then came back as a stronger player and had a great Deodhar Trophy In March for where he scored tons of runs. The real Hanuma Vihari finally stood up and it was certainly a treat to watch.

Hanuma Vihari Continued His Good Form With India- A

In June 2018, it wasn’t only about Prithvi Shaw taking the limelight as Vihari finished the tour as one of the top run-getters in the limited overs tournament in England with West Indies as the third team. It is safe to say that he might finally be under the selector’s radar after so much.

Hanuma Vihari: Indian Premier League

Hanuma Vihari IPL 2019

Will we see him in the Indian Premier League 2019? Well, he is still young even though his beard might tell a different story and Cric Crak will not be surprised if Hanuma Vihari indeed does get a call from one of the team owners. If he still doesn’t, he might just be as unlucky as an Ajinkya Rahane and we shall leave it to that. Meanwhile, we shall keep you posted in regards to all the latest updates about the young Hanuma Vihari and will hope and pray that he makes it big in life.

Hanuma Vihari Test Debut

While almost all batsmen other than Virat Kohli failed during India’s tour to England in 2018, the Indian Team was down 3-1 with the last test being a dead-rubber. The captain decided to drop Hardik Pandya who barring one good performance did practically nothing in the entire tournament. This meant the door opened for the young Hanuma Vihari and it would be interesting to see how he goes about his business from here on in.

A Fifty And A Double Wicket Maiden On Debut 

Hanuma Vihari not only constructed a fine half-century on debut at the Oval against England, he also bowled a double-wicket maiden and accounted for the wickets of Alastair Cook and Joe Root. It was Cook’s last International game and he was cruising along at 147 only to be decieved by the debutant Hanuma Vihari.

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