We never talked about Adelaide’s result in remaining tests, says Hanuma Vihari | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Indian batsman Hanuma Vihari, who was instrumental in helping the team secure an epic draw alongside Ravichandran Ashwin against Australia in Sydney, revealed they had not attempted to win victory once Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara come out.
Chasing a mammoth 407 goal on the final day of Test 3, India reached 334/5 after hitting 131 overs before the game ended in a draw.
Vihari, who has had a hamstring sore throughout his innings, has shown great resilience and went undefeated on the 23rd after facing 161 deliveries. He was brilliantly backed by Ashwin who also suffered a lot of beatings to the body but didn’t throw his wicket and didn’t stay on 39 of the 128 deliveries.
Prior to the 62-point stand between Vihari and Ashwin, Pant and Pujara had shared a 148-point partnership for the fifth wicket. The duo have been scoring points at a steady pace and, in fact, not only put India in a position to draw the test, but also gave the visitors unlikely hope of an unlikely victory.
“If you watch the first session and most of the second session, we were looking to win. The way Rishabh (Pant) and (Cheteshwar) Pujara played. To be honest, once they’re out, I don’t. think a win was a possibility. Even before my injury Ash (R Ashwin) was struggling with his back, (Ravindra) Jadeja could only have played a few overs if needed, “said Vihari by contacting ESPNcricinfo.
“The toss came when we knew Ash couldn’t run, and then when my hamstring injury happened, we knew we just had to beat the clock. And it’s no easy task. (for a partnership) to beat 43 overs. Australia, day five, against this attack, ”he added.
Vihari further revealed that he and Ashwin both decided to fight one at a time.
“We had a conversation all over what we needed to do. The strategy also helped. We got messages from outside but we had already decided that he was going to face (Nathan) Lyon and that I would face the bowlers. I hit well against Lyon and I couldn’t stretch against the spinner with my hamstrings either, ”said the right-handed batsman.
“Everything went well. He faced Lyon with ease on a five-day pitch, and I was pretty comfortable against the fast bowlers,” he added.
The draw in Sydney paved the way for a momentous victory in Brisbane, which sealed what was seen as an almost impossible series victory over Australia in Australia.
Vihari further revealed that the team never spoke about the first test result, in which they were eliminated for just 36 – India’s lowest total in the cricket test.
“After Adelaide’s test, you won’t believe it, we as a team never talked about the game. We just felt like it had never happened before, I don’t think it was. will never happen again. It was an abnormal round, “Vihari said.
“So let’s move on and look at it as a three-test Melbourne series. Now if you look at it, we won the series 2-0. The Indian team, the character and the fight that we’re showing, we let’s leave everything on the pitch. It’s the hallmark of the Indian team. That’s exactly how we played, “he added.
The 12-test veteran also revealed he was in so much pain after the Sydney test that he could barely sleep that night.
“I hardly slept. Again, with the pain. One thing was the pain and the other was that I was happy and overwhelmed with the respect and love I had on the internet, in the messages I received. I think I slept for an hour. and I got up at 6 am That’s the kind of feeling I had, “Vihari said.
“I would say for all the years of hard work that I have done in first class cricket, where no one is watching you play and you have to go through the grind and struggle, and have 1.3 billion people to watching at home and all the people in the world watching you record a test match … that’s the idea that came to my mind. A real satisfaction to go through the grind in the ‘first class arena and to achieve it, the satisfaction was really amazing, ”he added.
Vihari is not making the Indian squad for the first two tests of the upcoming four-game series against England from February 5 in Chennai. He is currently at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru and has started rehab.

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