“I Will Never Play For Them Where I Have..’, Hanuma Vihari Makes Biggest Revelation Of His Cricket Career

The Andhra batter Hanuma Vihari has criticised the state association after his team’s difficult loss to Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy quarter final in Indore on Monday.

Vihari initially served as Andhra’s captain against Bengal at the beginning of the season but stepped down from the leadership role after the opening league game in the tournament. Ricky Bhui took over as captain, while Vihari continued playing as batter.

After the conclusion of the campaign, Vihari voiced his displeasure and accused the Andhra State Cricket Association of intentionally stripping him of the captaincy due to an incident with a squad member. He further stated his intention to depart from the Andhra team promptly.

“I was the captain in the first game against Bengal, during that game I shouted at the 17th player and he complained to his dad(who is a politician), his dad in return asked the Association to take action against me. Although we chased 410 against last year’s finalists Bengal I was asked to resign from captaincy without any fault of mine,” Vihari wrote on Instagram shortly after the defeat.

He further added,”I never said anything on a personal note to the player but the association thought that player was more important than the guy who gave his body on the line last year and batted left-handed, took Andhra to knock outs 5 times in the last 7 years and played for India in 16 Tests. I felt embarrassed but the only reason I continued playing this season was because I respect the game and my team.”

“Sad part is the association thinks that players have to listen to whatever they say and players are there because of them. I’ve decided that I’ll never play for Andhra where i lost my self respect. I love the team. I love the way we’re growing every season but association doesn’t want us to grow,” he concluded.

Vihari played his last match for India against England in the year 2022.

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