Vihari, who sustained a broken wrist after being hit by a short delivery by pacer Avesh Khan, retired hurt on 16 in Andhra’s first innings. When Andhra lost 9 batters of their, Vihari once again came out to bat. He batted left-handed and played one-handed shots.
Vihari, who added 11 more runs to his tally and departed for 27 runs, was applauded for his courage and never-say-die attitude on social media.
Vihari took to Twitter later and posted videos of him walking out to bat, while being applauded and then batting left-handed, with a message that read: “Do it for the team. Do it for the bunch. Never give up!! Thank you everyone for your wishes. Means a lot!!”.
Do it for the team. Do it for the bunch.Never give up!!Thank you everyone for your wishes. Means a lot!! https://t.co/sFPbHxKpnZ
— Hanuma vihari (@Hanumavihari) 1675259548000
A similar kind of effort was seen during the Sydney Test in 2021 when Vihari batted with a torn hamstring, which was later diagnosed to be a grade two tear, and helped India salvage an improbable draw in the face of imminent defeat.
Had a wrist injury so batted left handed and with one hand.Grit of the highest order. Take a bow #HanumaVihari https://t.co/7snxTvfcV9
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) 1675253302000
WARRIOR VIHARI! Broke his wrist and batted left handed with 1 hand! What a true fighter!@Hanumavihari showed the… https://t.co/2K6URt5Y7n
— Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) 1675237597000
Sydney ➡️ Indore 🧡Mana #HanumaVihari – The Warrior 💪🏼Despite fracturing his wrist, he came out to bat left hand… https://t.co/YSLm8An7Vg
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 1675245466000
Hanuma Vihari Batting LEFT handed and also more importantly just with one hand , the top hand😳 Bravery to anoth… https://t.co/9XQHlJJIJr
— DK (@DineshKarthik) 1675234023000
Built different! 💪 A hamstring injury in the 2021 SCG Test couldn’t stop Hanuma Vihari then, a wrist injury didn’… https://t.co/k3c0htw3Wa
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) 1675249898000
What a champion. Always putting team ahead of himself. Shows the commitment. Super proud of you bro. @Hanumavihari… https://t.co/JUIDCdiKJ7
— Basanth Jain (@basanthjain) 1675234653000
In the Quarter-final of Ranji Trophy, Andhra 9 down, Hanuma Vihari fracture his wrist and decided to bat left-hande… https://t.co/HG2Daa5scU
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) 1675234070000
Lord Hanuman Or @Hanumavihari .. i felt no differenc yesterday….it take lot of courage to do this type of act … bro… https://t.co/Q3hHl0qRDa
— Dishant Yagnik (@Dishantyagnik77) 1675302320000
Hanuma Vihari from SCG just made another appearance. He was down once again, but never out.Brave and Beautiful.… https://t.co/7AObqMMhM1
— North Stand Gang – Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) 1675239427000
Fought through a hamstring injury at SCG ➡️ Fighting through a broken wrist at Holkar stadiumInjuries can’t stop… https://t.co/2xIzfwK8RX
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) 1675241692000
Vihari and Ashwin put on a match-saving 62-run 6th wicket stand, facing a cumulative 289 deliveries between them to stave off the fiery Aussie pace battery, which had the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood, and Pat Cummins.
Vihari last played for India on the tour of England in July last year in the fifth and final Test in Birmingham.