Hanuma Vihari, a member of only the Test team, has had few and far between opportunities. With a chance to cement his place in the middle order, the 28-year-old understands that every opportunity counts.
Vihari was called up to India’s Test squad for the final two Tests against England in August 2018. On September 7, 2018, he made his Test debut against England in the fifth Test match of India’s 2018 tour of England.
The right-hander performed league cricket in Chennai to become comfortable before travelling to the UK for the lone Test against England.
Hanuma Vihari discusses how he keeps his mind in a good place when he is not getting opportunities or making runs in an interview with Indian Express.
“You will understand how your mind operates if you have more experience. Domestic cricket, in my opinion, plays a role in this since it exposes players to a wide range of situations and difficulties every week under various circumstances.“
“You enter a mental state where you are aware of what needs to be done. Sometimes you will not be able to enter that state of mind, whether it be due to performance anxiety or physical exhaustion. However, I make every effort to adopt the proper frame of mind prior to a game. Additionally, what you have accomplished throughout the years is useful.”
‘I don’t like to throw my wicket away’: Hanuma Vihari
Hanuma Vihari discussed in an interview with Indian Express how he prefers to take his time and build his innings. Occupying the crease for an extended period of time is a skill that few players in today’s game possess. Vihari Stated,
“Since I can remember, I have been playing with that approach. I have been playing in that manner since I was a young child, so it just comes naturally to me. I dislike throwing away my wicket. I take pleasure in using my batting time wisely and not cheaply throwing up my wicket. Of course, a good delivery can get you out for a low score, but you can not lose your wicket in the process.”
“In sports, whether it is cricket or another, you fail a lot more often than you succeed. It all depends on how you handle these setbacks. I become upset if I have a poor mindset or are not in a positive frame of mind. But the Sydney defeat marked a sea change. In that series, I did not score many runs, but that knock gave me some confidence back. In my opinion, the only thing that matters at the end of the day is how many runs you make.”
The fifth Test against England is from last year’s incomplete series, which was postponed until this season due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian camp. India leads the series 2-1.