With Azhar at helm of HCA, Hanuma Vihari set to wear Hyderabad jersey in upcoming season


Vihari,
pupil
of
India’s
fielding
coach
R
Sridhar
had
left
Hyderabad
in
the
2015-16
season
after
MSK
Prasad,
the
then
chairman
of
selectors
had
offered
him
Andhra
captaincy
and
also
pushed
his
selection
in
the
traditional
format.

However
now
with
Hyderabad
Cricket
Association
being
run
by
former
India
captain
Mohammed
Azharuddin,
Vihari
will
be
seen
donning
the
Hyderabad
jersey
once
again.
The
27-year-old
himself
announced
the
decision
from
his
official
Twitter
handle.

“I
am
taking
this
opportunity
to
inform
everyone
that
I
am
parting
ways
with
Andhra
cricket
association
on
good
terms.
I
have
had
the
privilege
to
captain
and
represent
Andhra
for
the
past
5
years,”
Vihari
wrote
in
a
small
note,
which
he
shared
on
Twitter.

“I
will
be
a
part
of
Hyderabad
cricket
association
from
the
coming
season,”
he
further
announced.

For
the
record,
the
right-handed
batsman,
who
has
played
94
frst-class
games
scoring
7261
runs
with
21
hundreds
and
an
average
of
55.
He
also
played
80
List
A
games
in
which
he
has
3001
runs.

It
can
be
said
that
former
India
skipper
Azharuddin
being
the
president
Hyderabad
Cricket
Association
(HCA)
would
have
played
a
big
role
in
Vihari
deciding
on
this
career
move
of
his.
There
is
a
good
chance
that
Vihari
will
now
lead
Hyderabad
in
the
Ranji
Trophy
in
the
upcoming
season
if
he
is
not
selected
for
India’s
tour
of
South
Africa
in
December-January.

Before
that
he
will
certainly
play
Mushtaq
Ali
T20
and
Vijay
Hazare
One
Day
meet.
The
middle-order
batsman
thanked
the
Andhra
Cricket
Association
office-bearers
for
their
support.

“We
have
blossomed
into
a
team
that
we
can
be
proud
of
and
I
hereby
thank
all
my
teammates,
coaches
and
office
bearers
of
the
Association
for
the
constant
support,”
he
further
wrote.

Vihari
was
one
of
the
heroes
of
the
Sydney
Test
of
the
2020-21
Australia
tour,
has
played
12
Tests
and
scored
624
runs,
with
111
as
his
highest
score.
He
made
his
Test
debut
against
England
at
‘The
Oval’ in
2018.



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