Hanuma Vihari grabbed the opportunity in West Indies with both the hands. The right-handed batsman was preferred ahead of the in-form Rohit Sharma and was under pressure to deliver. By the time the series ended, Vihari was the top run-scorer as he helped India thrash West Indies in the two-match series.
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He started the tour with a 32-run knock before scoring 93 in the second innings of the same Test. In the second Test, Vihari scored 111 and 53 not out to help India thrash the hosts by 217 runs. In the first innings, he helped India post their highest total (416) on this tour by scoring his maiden Test century. His performance in the second innings was also impressive. Despite a good lead, India were in a bit of trouble after being reduced to 57 for 4.
However, Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane shared an unbeaten 111-run stand to bail India out of trouble before Virat Kohli declared the innings. West Indies then came up with another poor batting performance. The hosts were all out for just 210 to lose the suffer a whitewash.
Vihari has now revealed how supporting skipper Virat Kohli has been for him. The Andhra star opened up on a fine gesture by Kohli for him after the conclusion of the series. Vihari revealed how Kohli walked up to him to hand him the winners trophy and also hugged him.
“After we won the series, he (Virat Kohli) came straight to me and said ‘hold it’ and hugged me. He was kind enough to give me the trophy and I was very happy to hold the winning trophy. I want to thank each and every member of the team for the contribution in this win. This is an amazing team. When you win a series, especially overseas, it feels great. I am happy we started the Test Championship on a massive note,” Hanuma Vihari told The Times of India.