Hanuma Vihari, India’s 292nd Test player, is back home after his Test debut against England in the fifth and the final Test and he must be a happy man scoring a fifty in his maiden Test innings before taking the wicket of Alastair Cook in his final Test.
Hanuma Vihari, India’s 292nd Test player, is back home after his Test debut against England in the fifth and the final Test and he must be a happy man scoring a fifty in his maiden Test innings before taking the wicket of Alastair Cook in his final Test.

Hanuma Vihari, India’s 292nd Test player, is back home after his Test debut against England in the fifth and the final Test and he must be a happy man scoring a fifty in his maiden Test innings before taking the wicket of Alastair Cook in his final Test.

Yet, the Andhra player is disappointed that he was not able to convert his start in to a big score. In the second innings he was out for a duck.

“I walked in a difficult situation with the England bowlers bowling really well. I started playing well after the early hiccups. Disappointed that I could not convert the fifty into a big hundred,” Vihari told The Hindu.

While his selection ahead of Karun Nair, who was already in the squad for the enitirely of the Test series raised a few eyebrows, Vihari was perturbed by the what others were saying and was focused on the job on hand.

“I walked in a difficult situation with the England bowlers bowling really well. I started playing well after the early hiccups. Disappointed that I could not convert the fifty into a big hundred,” he said.

Vihari revealed that when he came on to bat with India at 260 for six, his skipper Virat Kohli, who was at the other end, help ease the nerves.

Kohli told him to “just enjoy the moment and bat as freely and confidently as you have been doing in domestic cricket. That was great on my captain’s part.”

After his surprise inclusion along with Prithvi Shaw, Vihari said that he had a fair idea that he will get a game couple of days before the match and was mentally prepared for it. “I was mentally prepared for the big occasion. I was not overawed but that unique feeling of donning India colours was there. It was a big moment for me,” he added.