With the start of Ranji Trophy 2023-24 season, a big controversy has also come to light in the Andhra team. Hanuma Vihari, who was handling the responsibility of captaining the team in the first match of the season, surprised everyone by suddenly deciding to leave it before the second match. Although the reason behind his decision has not been revealed yet, Ricky Bhui, who played as vice-captain in the first match, has been made the new captain of the team by Andhra Cricket Association for the remaining matches of the season.
This is Vihari’s personal decision
While Hanuma Vihari’s decision to step down from the captaincy after the first match surprised everyone, on this whole matter, according to Cricbuzz, Andhra team’s chief selector RVCH Prasad said that he wanted to take a break to focus on his batting. There was no pressure to remove him. Whereas former Andhra player Jugal Kishore Ghiya said before the Mumbai and Andhra Ranji match that there was no dispute there, it was Vihari’s personal decision. Let us tell you that under the captaincy of Hanuma Vihari, Andhra team had reached the quarter-finals in the last Ranji season. This season, the team is playing its second match against Mumbai, in which Vihari is also a part of the playing 11.
Vihari’s performance has been like this for Andhra till now
If we talk about Hanuma Vihari’s performance for Andhra team in Ranji, he has played 30 matches so far, in which he has scored more than 2000 runs with an excellent average of 53. Whereas Hanuma Vihari played his last Test match for the Indian team in the year 2022 on the England tour. So far, playing in 16 matches for Team India, he has scored 839 runs at an average of 33.56, in which he has scored one century and five half-centuries.
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