Deodhar Trophy: Hanuma Vihari on a roll

Hanuma Vihari has scored his second consecutive half-century in the ongoing Deodhar Trophy.

Published : Oct 24, 2018 13:39 IST

Hanuma Vihari has been in rich vein of form.
Hanuma Vihari has been in rich vein of form.

Hanuma Vihari has been in rich vein of form.

Hanuma Vihari's Deodhar Trophy returns so far -- two days, two half-centuries.

Having donned the Test whites in England, Vihari, who recently got engaged to his long-time friend Preetiraj Yeruva, has started the Deodhar Trophy with a bang for India B.

He top-scored with an unbeaten 87 off 95 deliveries against India A on Tuesday at the Feroz Shah Kotla, and followed it up on Wednesday with another top score of 76 off 94 balls against India C. 

The Andhra captain seems to have added a new dimension to his game, especially in limited-overs cricket.

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Vihari started the domestic season on a high, playing a vital role in helping Andhra qualify for the 2017-18 Vijay Hazare Trophy semifinals.

He amassed 378 runs in eight innings. His 99-ball 95 in the Vijay Hazare quarterfinal against Hyderabad showcased his limited overs skills. 

Against India A, Vihari oozed class with a range of shots during his unbeaten knock. The slog-sweeps, pulls, drives on either side of the wicket were on display, as Vihari ensured India B put a decent total on board.

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Against India C, his team lost half its wickets with just 90 on the board, but Vihari stood firm. He bailed the team out of trouble with his composed knock.

In 2014, Vihari found no takers in the IPL auction. He couldn't cash in on the opportunity with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the next season. Vihari hasn't played in the IPL since then.

But with a Test debut on the CV, and a new-look power game unleashed, he might find some doors opening.

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