Since his Test debut for Team India, Hanuma Vihari has impressed despite getting very limited opportunities. The 26-year-old has recently revealed how his mother helped him to become a better player despite having very limited support.
Hanuma Vihari made his international debut during The Oval Test against the hosts England in September 2018. Till the date, he has played nine Tests where the right-handed batsman has scored 552 runs (average 36.80), including one century and four half-centuries. He is also a handy off-spinner as he has taken five wickets too in Test career.
Recently, Vihari revealed the story of how his mother Vijaylakshi has inspired him to achieve success in life. He lost his father, Satyanarayana, at the age of 12. But his mother never gets scared rather than motivates him to yield desired results.
Vihari told Cricbuzz, “The one thing that defines my mother is her daring. She is never scared. You could say it’s the hallmark of her identity.”
Hanuma Vihari’s mother built up a cricket pitch after his disappointing performance in the U13 cricket
Then his mother revealed how she took the crucial decisions in the important time that helped Vihari to grow up in the game. After Vihari had a disappointing performance in the Under-13 cricket, his mother felt that the youngster needed more time to practice. She used the lump sum amount, which she got as compensation after her husband’s death, to build a cricket pitch for the young boy, which helped him to practice for more time.
Interestingly, Vihari paid off that in style as he finished as the leading run-scorer in U13 state-level tournament.
She said, “I received a lump sum from my husband’s company as compensation after he died. Around that time, Hanuma had just played U-13 cricket and hadn’t performed well. I knew that he needed more time to practice than he was getting at nets. So, I decided to use the lump sum to build a cricket pitch for him.
“The next time he played at the U-13 state level, he was the highest run-getter in the tournament. That’s when I knew my effort had paid off.”
Vihari felt that those extra hours of practice helped him a lot to grow up. The hardworking cricketer started his professional career in domestic cricket for Hyderabad in 2010, now he plays for Andhra since 2017.