In the ongoing Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Madhya Pradesh at the Holkar Stadium on Wednesday, February 1, India Test batter Hnauma Vihari, who is currently leading the Andhra Pradesh Team, batted despite a fractured wrist. Vihari batted left-handed, with his left hand strapped heavily, as well as being a right-handed batter.
As Hanuma Vihari was batting on 16 of 37 balls when he was struck on the hand by a bouncer from Avesh Khan on Day 1 of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final, he sustained a fracture on his left wrist.
In the 1st session of Wednesday’s match, the middle-order batter stepped out to bat after the 9th wicket fell and is expected to be out for at least 6 weeks.According to the team doctor, Vihari will be out for at least 6 weeks to recover from his fracture.
Although Vihari batted left-handed, with a unique marker to protect his fractured arm, it looked courageous and a statement of intent in the rough and tumble of domestic first-class cricket.
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“If I give up, then the team spirit will go down” – Hanuma Vihari
Saransh Jain dismissed Vihari for 27 in the first delivery after lunch. Vihari played a cut shot against Avesh Khan and hit spinner Kumar Kartikeya to the boundary with a sweep.Broke his wrist and batted left handed with 1 hand! What a true [email protected] showed the same spirit in Australia and now at the Ranji game. Incredible.
A Lalith Mohan shielded his captain from Madhya Pradesh bowlers as the first session ended, as Hanuma Vihari batted alongside No. As Andhra approached lunch on Day 2, they were at 379 for 9 after adding 25 runs for the final wicket partnership. India wicketkeeper-battler Dinesh Karthik praised Vihari’s courage on the second day of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal.
On Day 5 of the Test against Australia in Sydney in January 2021, Hanuma Vihari batted 161 balls and scored 23 runs in a match-saving partnership with R Ashwin.As Vihari struggled to climb the stairs at the Sydney Cricket Ground after helping India seal a heroic draw, he leant on his bat.
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