WATCH: Hanuma Vihari once again walks out to bat with fractured arm, smashes boundaries with one hand
Batting at number three, Vihari scored 15 off 16 deliveries.
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Veteran First Class batter, Hanuma Vihari, has repeated his first innings heroics as the 29-year-old once again batted with his fractured arm in the match against Madhya Pradesh in the ongoing Ranji Trophy. On Wednesday, the Andhra Pradesh skipper walked out to bat despite being injured and even scored 27 off 57 deliveries in the first innings. He was batting left-handed and was using only one hand to keep the runs coming.
In the second innings, Vihari walked out to bat with a plastered arm in order to rescue his team from a horrible batting collapse. Batting at number 11, Vihari scored 15 off 16 deliveries to help Andhra put 93 on the board in the second innings. He was also the third-leading scorer for Andhra Pradesh in the innings as the cricketer was seen hitting boundaries by using only one hand. He smashed three one-handed boundaries and seeing that, the fans on Twitter were extremely delighted and lauded the cricketer for his continuous bravery.
This reverse sweep was one for the ages. Unbelievable 😂 pic.twitter.com/4K3yWArLZo— Praneet (@thepraneetc23) February 2, 2023
Now, in order to win the match and qualify for the semi-finals of the competition, Aditya Shrivastava-led side needs 187 more runs on the fourth day of the match. Openers Yash Dubey and Himanshu Mantri gave Madhya Pradesh the perfect start as the duo are currently batting on 24 and 31 runs respectively.
The Andhra Pradesh bowlers looked pale so far with the ball but they will back themselves to win the game on the penultimate day of the match. Prithvi Raj was sensational with the ball in the first innings and the team will once again depend a lot on his brilliance. The 24-year-old picked up a five-for while KV Sasikanth picked up three wickets to bundle out Madhya Pradesh for 228 runs in the first innings. Now, these two cricketers will once again be key for Andhra’s comeback in the second innings.
Here's how Twitter reacted -
This is unbelievable effort from Vihari, for the 2nd time, he came to bat for Andhra with one hand by batting left-handed.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 2, 2023
Take a bow, Vihari. pic.twitter.com/STIMg9z7JJ
I always have great respect for @Hanumavihari. He once blunted the Aussie bowling attack, batted bruised hurt and broke the Aussie will and won a draw for team India and now this. Ek hi to dil hai - kitni baar jeetoge.— Rohit Sharma (@alive_rohit) February 2, 2023
No matter what life throws at you, what you make out of it is up to you. #HanumaVihari showcased exemplary level of determination as he came out to bat with a fractured wrist against Madhya Pradesh. He batted left-handed to keep his team's first innings going.#NeverGiveUp pic.twitter.com/PoRzXZWET3— Rajdeep Bailung Baruah (@BailungRajdeep) February 2, 2023
27(57) in first innings & 15(16) in second innings with most of the part with one hand by batting left handed.— Joshef (@saurabh92273146) February 2, 2023
3rd highest individual score in 2nd innings of Andhra, this will be remembered, Vihari.#HanumaVihari #INDvsAUS #RanjiTrophy2023 pic.twitter.com/drzp6ENj7n
If courage has face #HanumaVihari— Shreyam Sharma (@yourstartupman) February 2, 2023
He's got a fractured wrist, but they never give up attitude in him brings him back to fight back. He's batting left-handed due to his wrist.
Take a bow, Vihari! pic.twitter.com/MAJ8OyWpVZ
This is True HANUMA- vihari Spirit!!!😍— Amit Misra (@amit6060) February 2, 2023
Kudos to your unwavering grit for the sport, batting left-handed and staying at the crease despite a fracture.
Wishing you to reach many great heights in the future for your kind of Love for the team and determination to succeed. pic.twitter.com/TzH6MwLgRB
@viharigh winning hearts again!— SportsNext India (@sportsnextindia) February 2, 2023
Andhra captain Hanuma Vihari batted again in the second innings with one hand and scored 15 crucial runs with three boundaries 😳👏#RanjiTrophy #hanumavihari #ranjitrophy #fccricket #firstclasscricket #indiancricket #zoomcricket #syedmushtaqali pic.twitter.com/Kcwz11JHem