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. With the South Africa series in line, the young batsman is looking forward to playing his first Test at home.
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Ever since making his Test debut, Vihari has been grabbing the headlines with his grit and determination for success. After successful tours of England and Australia, Hanuma Vihari was in his element in the Caribbeans.
Hanuma Vihari so far has played six Test matches in his career, all of them outside India. He will be playing his first five-day match in his home soil when India begin their campaign against South Africa on October 2 in Visakhapatnam. Vihari said that he is looking forward to it and ready to make a mark.
“First time, I will be playing international in India for India. It is very exciting. That too in Vizag, my home association. I am looking forward to it,” he said on Thursday.
The Andhra cricketer has got enough time to prepare for the home series after returning from the Caribbean Island. Hanuma Vihari has been training in the National Cricket Academy for the last 15 days and is ready to get going against the Proteas.
“Last 15 days, I have been at NCA. I have been preparing well for the South African series,” he said.
Hanuma Vihari also added that he is ready to play all the formats but the selection depends on the selectors. He also added that it was a good feeling to score his maiden Test century in front of his childhood coach R Sridhar, who is currently the fielding coach of India
“Obviously, it was very fitting that Sridhar sir was there in the dressing room when I got my first hundred. I can only imagine how emotional he was and it was a special day. Obviously, he was there throughout, starting of my career to till now, he was always there. As I said, it is very fitting that he was there in the dressing room,” Vihari concluded.