Srinagar: India and Madhya Pardesh batter Hanuman Vihari is being praised by one and all for gritty act of playing one handed for his side Andhra Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy match after having fractured his another arm.
Vihari came in to bat as the 11th player when his team were struggling at 76/9. The Andhra captain switched from batting right-handed to left-handed to avoid his left hand from getting exposed first up and scored 15 off 16 balls which included three boundaries as well.
With his gutsy effort, Andhra added valuable runs and were eventually bowled out for 93, having achieved the lead of 244 runs.
During his innings, even the opposition team lauded Vihari by giving a standing ovation. Commentators went on to compare his batting style while playing a reverse sweep to the swing of a sword. And a video of his shot went viral on social media.
After this display of team spirit, Vihari took to Twitter to post a video containing iconic moments of his batting during the match.
“Do it for the team. Do it for the bunch. Never give up!!Thank you everyone for your wishes. Means a lot!!,” Vihari Tweeted.
The 29-year-old had fractured his arm in the first innings while trying to negotiate an Avesh Khan bouncer. But even then, he scored 27 off 57 balls and stitched a crucial partnership with the tail-ender Lalith Mohan. His gutsy effort had helped Andhra reach 379/10 in the first innings, including centuries from batters Karan Shinde and Ricky Bhui. Madhya Pradesh were then bowled out for 228 runs in their first innings as bowler Prithvi Raj claimed a fifer.