So far, Hanuma Vihari has racked up 5142 runs in 63 FC matches with 15 centuries and 24 half-centuries and shited base from Hyderabad to Andhra, in search of better opportunities to perform.
So far, Hanuma Vihari has racked up 5142 runs in 63 FC matches with 15 centuries and 24 half-centuries and shited base from Hyderabad to Andhra, in search of better opportunities to perform.

Hanuma Vihari will be soon flying to England to join the Indian Test squad for the final two Tests against England and even though the 24-year-old knows he might have to wait for his Test cap, the Hyderabad-born batsman reckons he is ready to grab the opportunity, whenever it comes, and make it his own.

“It is tough to get into the Indian side but once you get into the side, you have to make sure that you grab the opportunity,” Vihari told bcci.tv.  “So that is the only thing I am thinking of. I know the opportunity will come, but I have to be really ready for it and and make it my own.”

It’s been eight years since a 17-year-old Vihari made his maiden first-class appearance for Hyderabad but it was only in 2017, that he got maiden India A call-up, which didn’t go as planned as he scored 11 runs in two innings. However, his biggest positive from the tour was the learnings he got from coach Rahul Dravid.

“Going to South Africa and playing in those condition, especially when was my first tour, I learned a lot from the tour, recalled, Vihari adding, “That tour did not go well, i only had one match but i didn’t perform. but it helped me a lot in SA to be with Rahul Dravid.”

Vihari was the fifth highest run-getter in the 2017-18 season scoring 752 runs at an average of 94.00, including a highest score of 302 not out. During India A’s tour of England, Vihari amassed 410 runs in six matches at an average of 51.25, and that, Vihari feels was crucial.

“If you have to play for India, you have to score in the A team, you have no other choice, I knew i had to do well,” he said.

Vihari also harbours hopes of getting himself in the radar for India’s 2019 World Cup plans through good performances in the ongoing Quadrangular series.

“There are two good teams from India and two good team from South Africa and Australia. it gives us good exposure, but at the same time there is World Cup next year and if you perform at this level you have a good chance to get into the World Cup side which is a dream for everyone, and i just want to give my best and bat the same way,” said the 24-year-old.

So far, Vihari has racked up 5142 runs in 63 FC matches with 15 centuries and 24 half-centuries and shited base from Hyderabad to Andhra, in search of better opportunities to perform.

“I knew I was taking a big gamble, it is not easy to change your home state. You to perform double than what you were performing before; but I took up the challenge because I want to be an India player ,rather than settling for just a Ranji player. I wanted to be one step higher, and I have the the goal and determination to play for India. I needed that change at that time of my career,” insisted Vihari.

India Under-19 world cup winning captain Prithvi Shaw and Vihari had earlier earned maiden Test call-ups for the Indian Test squad for the final two Tests against England.

Murali Vijay and Kuldeep Yadav were dropped from the inital squad for the first three Tests. The 18-member squad was announced by the BCCI on Wednesday.