Ranji Trophy 2023: Hanuma Vihari displays brave gesture, bats left-handed after injury

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh captain Hanuma Vihari displayed the courageous example and his commitment toward the team. As he came out to bat, despite suffering from the fractured wrist during the quarter-final match of Ranji Trophy against the defending champions Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday.

Hit by a delivery from Avesh Khan 

The right-hand batter was hit by a delivery from pacer Avesh Khan on the day 1 of Test match, he then went for a quick scan and later revealed that the star batter had sustained a wrist fracture.

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Vihari returned to the dough-out on 16 off 37 balls, after that he had a scan, where X-rays reveled a fracture. Vihari was told that he would be out from action for five to six weeks.

Andhra Pradesh has done well on the opening day, courtesy to Ricky Bhui (149) and Karan Shinde (110) centuries that gave Andhra Pradesh a stable start. But, soon Bhui and Shinde departed, there was collapse and Andhra went from 328 for 4 to 353 for 9.

Comes to bat as left-hander

The 29-year-old batter, then took the command on his hand and returned to the crease as a left hander.

Vihari has had a mixed season, scoring 475 runs so far in 13 innings at an average of 39.58 with two half-centuries.

Hanuma Vihari was integral part of the Team India till last year, after the emergence of new talents like Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel in the side, he was left out of the squad.

The 29-year-old batter remains absent from India’s squad for the side’s upcoming four-match Test series against Australia.


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