Former Indian Captain and legendary batsman Rahul Dravid had congratulated the middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari for his brave knock fighting through his hamstring injury at the Sydney ground. Hanuma Vihari played the innings of his life as he had to save India from the verges of a defeat which propelled India to go for a win in the final test at Gabba.
Vihari and Ashwin together grinded out Australia’s bowling on the last day of the test at Sydney to settle for a draw. Vihari was battling through his hamstring injury and played 161 balls to get to an unbeaten 23. His partner Ashwin also batted for long hours and both stitched a crucial partnership to take India home safely. The SCG draw will go down as one of the iconic matches in the history of test cricket with India facing a lot of injuries.
Very Well Done, You Did A Great Job – Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid who is the coach of the Indian under 19 team and also the India A team was really happy with the way Hanuma Vihari had played in the SCG match and was quick to notify him about his great innings. He texted Vihari “Very Well Done, You Did A Great Job” after the innings which Vihari was really proud of. Rahul Dravid being the mentor of Vihari is one of the nicest people the game has ever seen and Vihari had admitted his liking for the legend.
“That is the person he is and I respect him for that,” Vihari told India Today
Vihari Credits Dravid For His Role In Youngsters Stepping Up
Vihari credited Rahul Dravid for bridging the gap between Ranji Trophy and International matches. He told that Dravid always acted as a mentor than a coach in the India A tours and allowed the youngsters to express themselves.
“As youngsters, we have to give a lot of credit to him, the way he let us express our game. When we play under him, it always feels like he is more of a mentor than a coach. He is always there whenever we need him. “Even in the last Australia tour, I made a call to him, saying ‘Sir, I am making my debut’. He said ‘you have done exceptionally well in Ranji Trophy, in India A, so you’re ready to play’. That’s the confidence he gave me,” Vihari said
Vihari also mentioned the confidence that has been given by Dravid during the tours and how comfortable he feels with the legend.