Kerala Kaumudi Online
Tuesday, 28 March 2023 9.35 PM IST

Hanuma Vihari bats with one hand despite wrist injury; fans hail Andhra skipper's efforts to save his team in Ranji Trophy match


INDORE: The Ranji Trophy quarter-final clash between Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh today witnessed a heroic effort from India cricketer and Andhra skipper Hanuma Vihari. On Wednesday, Hanuma Vihari was seen batting with one hand in order to save his side from a collapse. Hanuma, a right-hand batter, batted left-handed after sustaining a fracture on his left wrist during the match.

Hanuma was not out at 16 off 37 balls when he got injured while facing pacer Avesh Khan. Following the injury, he went off the field and the X-Ray revealed that he had a fracture and was told that it would keep him out of action for five to six weeks. The team management also decided that Hanuma would bat only if needed. Andhra Pradesh looked pretty well on day two and were 323/2 at one point with centuries coming from Ricky Bhui (149) and Karan Shinde (110). But a collapse left AP at 353/9. At this point, came back Hanuma to the crease with his left-hand fully taped. He tapped deliveries using only his right hand.

He put on 26 run stand in 10 overs with number nine Lalith Mohan. Andhra Pradesh was bundled out for 379. Hanuma Vihari ended with a score of 27 runs in 57 balls. He even struck Avesh for two boundaries. Towards the session's end, Mohan kept the strike in order to prevent any damage to Hanuma's wrist. Vihari has had a mixed Ranji season. He has scored 475 runs so far in 13 innings at an average of 39.58, with two half-centuries.

Cricket fans took to Twitter to praise Vihari's batting efforts. Indian players like Dinesh Karthik and Venkatesh Iyer also lavished praise on Vihari's one-handed batting.

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