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14 Jan, 31 tweets, 19 min read

Joined the St.Johns Cricket Academy at the age of 11. And after few days his father passed away. But the next day, Vihari scored 80 in the final and won a school tournament.
VVS was the first of five cricketers who came from St. John’s academy and went on to represent their country followed by Mithali Raj, MSK, Tarun Sai and Hanuma Vihari.
2012 - Picked as a last-minute replacement for the injured Manan Vohra for the 2012 U19 WC. India won the World Cup but he could only score 73 runs in 6 matches.
"That moment I told myself, I would be the first one to play for the national team from this U19 WC squad 2012."
- Hanuma Vihari in Spicy Pitch episode (cricbuzz)
2013 - SRH brought him in the IPL. Vihari opened the bowling as an off-spinner and removed Chris Gayle for just 1, also scored 46* in the same match while chasing and was awarded Man of the match in his 2nd IPL game.
Scored 241 runs in 17 games in IPL 2013, with two MOM.
2014 - Vihari was snubbed by the IPL franchise. He went to England, and played for Hutton County Club in the Essex First Division League, scored six centuries.
2015-16 : Scored bucket loads of runs in First-Class cricket.

2014-15 - Scored 856 runs at an average of 77.81

2015-16 - Scored 626 runs at an average of 48.15
FC Record (2015-18) :
I - 47
R - 2500
A - 60.92
HS - 302*
100/50 - 13/7
2017 - Leading run-scorer for Andhra in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy, with 752 runs in just six matches.
He also top scored for Rest of India in the Irani Cup in March against Ranji Trophy champions Vidarbha. Vihari scored 183 against the bowling attack comprising of Umesh Yadav and 2017-18 RT leading wicket-taker Rajneesh Gurbani.
After scoring tons of runs in the domestic seasons, he was named in India A's tour of England, Southafrica, Windies. He made the most of opportunity and played many valuable knocks for India A and was leading run-scorer in 2/3 of the above series.
2018 - Received an India call. And became the first cricketer from Andhra Pradesh to represent India after 19 years.

(He had a conversation with Rahul Dravid a day before his debut. - 2nd pic)
Scored a gritty 56 (124) in the first innings on a tough wicket + took a wicket of Alaister Cook.
And then came IND vs AUS tour 2018-19. Didn't played the 1st test.

2nd test - Replaced Rohit. Scored 20(46), 28(75) + took 2 wickets of set batsmen - Shaun Marsh and Marcus Harris.
3rd test - Played as an Opener at MCG, scored 8(66) [ batted for 90 minutes] against fearsome attack of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood and scored 13(45) in the second innings.

4th test - 42( 96).
2019 - Brought by Delhi Capitals. But played only 2 matches.
Windies tour - Missed a ton (93 off 128 balls) in the first match vs Windies. Scored a top notched 100 vs Westindies at Kingston and followed by 56 in the second innings. And became the first batsman since Sachin Tendulkar to score a century and a fifty in the same test.
Video courtesy - @BCCI
2020 - IND vs NZ tour

7(20), 15(79) at Basin Reserve

55(70), 9(18) at Hagley Oval against a quality bowling attack with the likes of Boult, Southee, Wagner and Jamieson on the tough wicket.
2020 - At a time when his teammates were gearing up for the IPL more than 2500 miles away from Hyderabad, Hanuma Vihari was training and getting himself ready for the challenging Australia tour.
Started the tour well with a century in the warm-up game, but then scored 16, 8 and 21 in the first two Tests. Series level 1-1. An important match at SCG. People were raising doubts and his place was under pressure.
Dropped two catches in the field. India needed 306 to win the test match with 8 wickets in hand on the final day. Rahane falls cheaply. Pant came out to bat ahead of Vihari and it turned out to be a masterstroke. When Pant got out on 97, India still needed 156 runs to win.
Vihari came out to bat no.6. And after few overs he pulled his hamstring and was on his haunches on the SCG wicket. And now the question arises, Does he continue batting here,if he does so then he could be in more pain and miss the next Test Or he would walk back, and come later
But, he carried on. And from that point, he barely ran between the wickets. With Ashwin for company at the other end to offer constant encouragement, he scored a gritty 23*(161) and help India to draw the test match.
India were in trouble. Australia was on the verge of a winning a test match at one stage. Vihari was bit out of form, was under pressure and in some serious pain. But, he stood up for his team and delivered.
A wounded lion walking to the dressing room after winning the battle. ❤️🦁
Behind the successful journey of Hanuma Vihari.❤️
Video courtesy - @cricbuzz

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19 Dec 20

- Debut in 2010 with Smith, scored 104 in 2 tests.
- Included in BGT. Third highest run-scorer for Australia with 183 runs in the series.
- Broke his right index finger batting in the Australian Cricketers Association All-Stars T20 match.
- Done Surgery. Broke his finger again. Surgery again.
- Made a comeback in Australia's domestic circuit but never managed to deliver as a batsman.
- In 2017, he made up his mind to retire from FC cricket.
But, life always has something more in the bag than what you expect.
- Tasmania knocked on his door with a lifeline. They extended Paine's contract but he was not their first choice WK.
- Did not play the first two matches of the 2017-18 Sheffield Shield.
- But, When he was finally selected, he made the most of the opportunity.
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