Hanuma Vihari parts ways with Andhra, to return to Hyderabad after five years

Mayank Kumar

Mayank Kumar

Author| Sep 15, 1:20 PM

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Hanuma Vihari has parted ways with his domestic Ranji side Andhra Cricket Association after a period of five years, the Indian cricketer said on his Twitter account. He also announced his return to the Hyderabad team after five long years.

Vihari was in England with the Indian squad albeit he could make it into the playing XI for the World Test championship against New Zealand and four Test matches against England.

Vihari made his first-class debut way back in 2010 against Jharkhand and has gone on to play 94 first-class matches until now and has piled on 7,261 runs at an outstanding average of 55 with the help of 21 hundred and 37 half-centuries. He rose to prominence with a staggering 752 runs from just six games in the 2017-18 season of the Ranji trophy and the number of runs was enough for the Indian selectors to give him his maiden call up. 

He made his Test debut against England in 2018 at the Oval to become the first cricketer from Andhra to play Test cricket in 18 years after MSK Prasad.

He doesn’t have a superlative set of numbers to show at the international level with just 624 runs from 12 Tests but his batting exploit has come in to rescue India in various circumstances. 

Earlier this year, he battled with a hamstring injury and formed an unshakable partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin to save the third Test of the series against Australia which paved the way for India’s series win at the Gabba in the final Test.

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