Wanted to Top Zonal Chart: Vihari - The New Indian Express

Wanted to Top Zonal Chart: Vihari

Published: 04th January 2014 01:14 AM

Last Updated: 04th January 2014 01:14 AM

G Hanuma Vihari ended his Ranji Trophy season in a blaze of glory. The 20-year-old scored 201, 109, 145 in his last four innings to finish the season with 841 runs at an average 93.44. He was fifth on the list of scorers after the league stage and the topper from South Zone.

Vihari said he was aiming at 800 to 1000 runs before the start of the season. “I’m happy I achieved my goal. But I’m looking forward to the one-day and T20 matches,’’ he said. “To score three successive centuries and join the elite 800 elite club is special.” He was not happy at the start of the season because he was throwing away his wicket in the 50s and 60s. “After the fifth match, I decided not to play risky shots. I thought I would focus on building long innings. Before the season started, I did not get runs in Buchi Babu Trophy and Moin-ud-Dowla Gold Cup. People criticised me for the failures. It hurt when they said I got talent but was not scoring consistently. So I wanted runs badly this season. I also wanted to be the highest scorer for Hyderabad and South Zone,” he added.

Vihari admitted it was frustrating in the first three seasons because he was failing to convert starts. “This season, I fulfilled my dreams. I have to score consistently. It is all about experience. It took me some time to realise the importance of big scores.” The U-19 World Cup win in Australia in 2012 did him a world of good. “I was a little disappointed that I was not among the runs but I was happy that I got a chance to play in the World Cup.”

Talking about his maiden double century, against Goa after missing the landmark last year when he scored 196 against Mumbai, Vihari said he was very focused. “Batting on that wicket was not easy because it helped the bowlers a bit. I think after five years, a Hyderabad player scored a double century. The last to do so was (VVS) Laxman bhai, who did it in 2008. Therefore, it is very special.” His habit of hitting back-to-back centuries at the junior cricket helped him score one against Jammu and Kashmir. “In junior cricket, I had the habit of scoring back-to-back centuries. This helped me,” he said.

On the third century, against Kerala, his coach John Manoj reminded him that he was 100 short of his target. “Since we didn’t have another match after the one against Kerala, I was eying that century in the second innings. I was thrilled with that 100. I have to make it a habit now.”


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