Hanuma Vihari has now become a regular in the Indian Test squad. The right-handed batsman has a solid technique and temperament when it comes to batting. The 26-year-old has already played some important innings in his short Test career. Often labelled as a Test specialist, time and the time he has shown that he can change gears and bat aggressively with tailenders in Tests.
He recently sat down and did a live session with Cricfit editor Mikkhail Vaswani on Instagram. Vihari was kind enough to tell us various stories of his cricket journey. He commented on the great anecdote that was given to him by none other than the great Sir Vivian Richards.
Praise from Viv Richards is a great moment for me: Hanuma Vihari
During India’s tour of West Indies last year while watching Hanuma Vihari bat, the former legendary batsman Viv Richards said that he really likes how he ‘plays in the v’. The Caribbean legend said that it is a trademark synonym of any great batsman when he plays straight down the ground.
Vihari was extremely delighted by the remarks Sir Viv gave on his batting. The right-handed batsman revealed that playing straight has always been his strength. He also added that after the game Richards personally came to him and complimented him for his batting.
“It has always been my strength since childhood to play in the V,” Vihari said to Cricfit. “I used to practice playing straight when I used to face the bowling machines. Obviously, when a great player like Viv Richards recognises your strengths you feel nice.
He even met me after the game and told me that he likes how I keep my shape while playing shots. This coming from him was a great moment for me,” he added.
Vihari made his maiden Test match hundred on that West Indies tour. This compliment of Viv Richards boosted his confidence as Hanuma Vihari had just come into the Indian side. The batsman from Andhra also made a brilliant fifty against New Zealand earlier this year on a difficult wicket. He said playing in New Zealand was challenging as they have a quality attack consisting of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson.