The introduction of Hanuma Vihari in the Test team has strengthened India’s middle-order. He has done a spectacular job scoring two fifties and a century against West Indies and shunned all his critics. Speaking about how he prepares, Vihari said that he treats every game as his last match.
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The cricketer from Andhra started the tour on a good note with a fighting knock after India lost wickets early. He backed it with a 92-run knock in the second innings and partnered Ajinkya Rahane to help his side post a towering total on the board.
Hanuma Vihari made full use of the opportunity in the second Test scoring his first Test century. He continued his good run with another unbeaten fifty in the second innings. The middle-order has earned praise from all quarters including skipper Virat Kohli.
Vihari said it was an amazing feeling to score runs for the team. The cricketer said that he went to West Indies with a clear head and treated every game as his last. There was a section of people who opined to pick Rohit Sharma ahead of Hanuma Vihari. But, the middle-order batsman has answered them in style.
“Obviously I am very happy that I have done well but I went into this tour with a clean slate. I decided to take one Test match at a time. For me, every Test match is my last. It helps me get into a mindset that I have nothing to lose and play accordingly,” Vihari told PTI in an interview.
India skipper Virat Kohli hailed Hanuma Vihari for his temperament and determination in the middle-order. Vihari said that teammate belief instils confidence among the players which inspires them to perform better.
“You can’t ask for anything more if the change room has faith in your abilities. That is certainly the best compliment I could have got and coming from the skipper himself, it can’t get better,” he concluded.