I Want To Contribute In Being A Match-Winner For The Team – Hanuma Vihari
Hanuma Vihari is one of the in-form domestic Indian cricketers. Recently, he hit twin tons in the 2018/19 Irani Trophy. Now, he wants to be a match-winner for the national team.
Playing for Rest of India (ROI) in the 2018/19 Irani Trophy, Hanuma Vihari played the brilliant innings of 114 and 180*. Though ROI failed to win the game against the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy winners Vidarbha, everyone is praising and appreciating Hanuma Vihari’s brilliant efforts.
Moreover, in the 2017/18 Irani Trophy against the same team, the ROI batsman Hanuma Vihari played another unsuccessful 183-run knock. He is the first batsman to score three consecutive centuries in Irani Trophy history.
After playing the great innings in the latest Irani Trophy, Hanuma Vihari is feeling great.
He told CricketNext, “You try and do your best with whatever team you play and obviously Irani Cup being a prestigious tournament, to get these centuries, it is an amazing feeling.
“In the second innings, we were trailing by 95 runs so I thought first if we could get the lead and then push on from there it will be great. We weren’t setting any targets but my intent was to be positive because I didn’t want the bowlers to be on top especially on that wicket which was helping the spinners. My intent was to be positive, and it worked well.”
Now I have the confidence of playing more shots
In the first innings of the latest Irani Trophy, Hanuma Vihari played a crucial knock of 114 runs off 211 balls (11 boundaries and two over-boundaries). That innings helped ROI to score 330 runs in their first innings, while Vidarbha replied with 425 runs.
Later, in the pressured second innings, he scored an unbeaten 180 runs off 300 balls (19 boundaries and four over-boundaries). It helped ROI to score 374/3 before their second innings declaration as they set a 280-run target for Vidarbha.
Talking about his cricket, Hanuma Vihari has claimed that he is now more confident about playing shots. He now wants to improve his range of shots.
The 25-year-old Indian cricketer said, “Now I have the confidence of playing more shots that I can implement in the game. I used to be a little circumspect earlier because I wanted to get those big runs to get into the Indian squad. I was a little conservative with my approach. It took me six to seven years of those performances to get a place. But now having gotten there I know I can be more expressive with the shot making.
“But I am not taking anything for granted now. I just want to keep scoring runs in the domestic level. As I say these are my grassroots, this is where I came from and I don’t want to take it for granted. But with the confidence, I just want to improve my range of shots.”
I want to contribute the same way Pujara was in Australia series
Hanuma Vihari made his international debut during the Test series in 2018 England tour. Playing only four Tests, Hanuma Vihari has already impressed with his cricket skills. He has scored 167 runs with an average of 23.85 and also has picked up five wickets.
While he generally plays as a middle-order batsman for India, he got the opening role during the Melbourne Test. In the challenging condition, he played good supporting roles for the side. Even the skipper Virat Kohli also appreciated his effort.
Next time, Hanuma Vihari wants to contribute to the national side as a match-winner.
He said, “In the first few games we struggled to take on the new ball and me and Mayank suddenly opened at MCG in front of a big crowd and we did the job for the team. At the end what matters is how you can contribute to the team’s success in whatever way.
“The next time the same effort I want to contribute in being a match-winner for the team, the same way Pujara was in that series (Australia series). I want to be that one person for the team.”
Hanuma Vihari is now looking forward to the upcoming IPL season. He will play for the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019.
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