Recalling his exploits at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) against Australia in the third test, Indian batsman Hanuma Vihari said he owed his team those innings for all the confidence they showed in him and gave him the chance despite failing in previous matches. Going through a lean period, Vihari put up a brilliant fight while playing 161 balls and formed a groundbreaking partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin to deny Australia a victory in the third test. “Ashwin and I never realized what we were doing – in terms of how great an achievement it was. He and I competed for about 45 overs against all odds,” said Vihari.
“To be able to survive on a day 5-throw against that bowling attack … To be in the present helped me as I realized I had an injury and I can’t run,” said Vihari on Star Sports show ‘Follow The Blues.’
“All I could do from that situation was save the time and cut the overs and make sure we played that game.
“That was all I thought about, playing for my spot was never my intention. I was only hitting according to the situation of the match.
“I somehow felt like I owed the team those innings because of the trust they showed in me in the first few games, and then they gave me a shot in the third game too. somehow during the tea break I felt that I owe them a lot and I am glad I was able to do it, ”he added.
After the conclusion of the third test, it was revealed that Vihari struck with a grade 2 hamstring tear to write a memorable draw in Sydney.
Subsequently, Vihari was excluded from the fourth Test, which India won and sealed the series 2-1.
Vihari also revealed that he and Ashwin communicated in “three or four languages” during their innings.
“Ashwin and I spoke like three or four languages when we played. It was fun, it was a very unique experience to be able to play with him,” said Vihari.
“In short, we share a good rapport both on and off the field. But to build a partnership with him, not in terms of runs, but in terms of balls … Actually, he hit one side, he was quite comfortable facing (Nathan) Lyon, so that somehow made it easier.
“I was able to defy the fast bowlers with ease, so it somehow made the comparison a little easier for us and we communicated well between the overs,” he said.
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