At a time when his India teammates are gearing up for the glitzy IPL greater than 2500 miles away from Hyderabad, Hanuma Vihari has his eyes skilled on one thing more difficult – the marquee tour of Australia. Vihari is among the two centrally contracted India gamers (the opposite being Cheteshwar Pujara) not a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this yr after being neglected by the eight franchises. “It might have been nice if I had been part of IPL however I am unable to give it some thought,” Vihari, who has 552 runs from 9 Exams, instructed PTI.

With the COVID-19 associated restrictions stopping full-fledged coaching, Vihari is doing his personal web classes with the assistance of none apart from Indian group’s fielding coach, R Sridhar, of their hometown.

“Sure, Sridhar sir helps me in my coaching and as a result of lockdown, you do not have grounds open. I’m batting on matting wicket throughout web session,” the reticent Vihari stated.

The first goal is to get adjusted to the additional bounce on Australian tracks and taking part in on matting wickets helps because the deliveries tend to rear up awkwardly.

“The grounds are all closed and that is the useful resource obtainable. The bounce is completely different and its a problem,” stated the 26-year-old, who has a median of 58 plus in first-class cricket in 85 video games.

It’s learnt that fielding coach Sridhar, who has watched Vihari from his junior days, is monitoring his coaching classes and in addition giving him throwdowns.

Gamers from Hyderabad are identified to develop up on matting and astro turf wickets.

Mohammed Azharuddin and VVS Laxman performed numerous cricket on synthetic turfs throughout their youthful days and their elegant wrist work may very well be partly attributed to “batting on matting”.


Sridhar’s presence will even assist the Indian teaching group, headed by Ravi Shastri, who could have an concept concerning the progress of the non-IPL gamers and the way they’re shaping up forward of the massive tour.

Initially, Vihari was imagined to go to England to play within the County championship (facilitated by the BCCI) however could not because of the coronavirus-forced lockdown and journey restrictions.

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