India Test cricketer Hanuma Vihari will be returning to the Hyderabad domestic side, ending his 5-year association with Andhra, the batsman announced on Wednesday. He began his career with Hyderabad in 2010. He then shifted to Andhra in 2016, where he achieved success with the bat and earned his first India A call-up in 2017.
Hanuma Vihari, who was also part of the 2012 Under-19 World Cup-winning team, made his India Test debut in 2018, and has featured in 12 Tests so far, best remembered for his epic rearguard against Australia in Sydney, when he batted out the last two sessions while battling a hamstring injury to save the match.
Taking to Twitter to announce this decision, Hanuma Vihari wrote, :
“I’m taking this opportunity to inform everyone that I’m parting ways with Andhra cricket association on good terms.”
The 27-year-old, who didn’t get to play on a single Test on the recent England tour, sought a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Andhra; his application was cleared by Andhra Cricket Association secretary V Durga Prasad.
Overall, in 94 First-Class matches, the right-hander has scored 7261 runs at an average of 55.00; he has struck 21 hundreds, including a Test ton in the West Indies a couple of years ago.
“I’ve had the privilege to captain and represent Andhra for the past 5 years. We’ve blossomed into a team that we can be proud of and I hereby thank all my teammates, coaches and office bearers of the Association for the constant support.
I will be part of Hyderabad cricket association from the coming season,” he concluded.
— Hanuma vihari (@Hanumavihari) September 15, 2021
Hanuma Vihari featured in the practice match against County XI – the sole game he played on the England tour.
India’s next Test assignment, which would be after the IPL and the T20 World Cup, is against New Zealand at home followed by the tour to South Africa. With Ajinkya Rahane struggling for form, Hanuma Vihari stands a good chance to get a place in the eleven.