Hyderabad

A never-to-be-forgotten moment for Vihari

Former BCCI president N. Shivlal Yadav (second from left) felicitating Hanuma Vihari at St. John’s Coaching Foundation in the city on Saturday. Also seen are K. John Manoj of St. John’s (extreme left), Indian fielding coach R. Sridhar and former Andhra captain V. Chamundeswaranath.

Former BCCI president N. Shivlal Yadav (second from left) felicitating Hanuma Vihari at St. John’s Coaching Foundation in the city on Saturday. Also seen are K. John Manoj of St. John’s (extreme left), Indian fielding coach R. Sridhar and former Andhra captain V. Chamundeswaranath.  

Young cricketer honoured for his Test debut in the recent England tour

It was an emotional day for Hanuma Vihari when he walked into St. John’s Coaching Foundation on Saturday for his felicitation on making his Test debut in the recent England tour. For, it was here that he fine-tuned his skills as a raw young talent.

Thanking everyone at the venue who have put in efforts to make him a cricketer, Vihari made it a point to owe his journey to all the coaches who spent a lot of time training him and the boys who bowled for him for hours.

Addressing the young trainees, he said, “I am really pleased to stand in front of you and wish that one day, you will go on to achieve bigger things in life and in sport too”.

“I am fortunate to be guided in a right manner at every stage by John sir and of course my mom, who has been my pillar of strength,” he said. Former HCA Secretary K. John Manoj runs St. John’s Coaching Foundation. Mr. John recalled when former Ranji cricketer Nagesh Hammand brought a young Vihari to the Foundation in 2008, whom he referred to R. Sridhar, now the Indian team fielding coach, who was also present on the occasion. “At 12, he lost his father. But he showed fighting qualities. That’s how it all began and now he made us all proud,” he said.

“I must also remind here that Vihari was not originally in the India under-19 squad, but eventually got selected, thanks to the efforts of former BCCI president N. Shivlal Yadav,” Mr. John said. “We are glad that he is the fifth international cricketer from the Foundation after V.V.S. Laxman, Noel David, M.S.K. Prasad and Tarun Nethula, who played for New Zealand,” he added.

Chief guest Mr. Shivlal, who felicitated Vihari along with with former Andhra captain V. Chamundeswaranath, said that the real struggle for Vihari begins now. “But I am sure he will play for a long time for India,” he said.

Mr. Sridhar also traced the early days of Vihari’s evolution from an amazing talent into a consistent batsman in all age groups. “I am sure he has a great future and will live upto the expectations,” he concluded.

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