It is the Indian Premier League time (IPL) and one can almost be forgiven for not talking about Indian players not featuring in the tournament. However, such is the level of cricketing talent in the country that not everybody gets to play in the IPL. For instance, despite being a vital member of the Test team, Hanuma Vihari failed to get a contract in the biggest T20 competition in the world. Vihari decided to use this time to hone his red-ball skills and is currently playing County Cricket.
Not the best of debuts for Vihari but he makes an impact through fielding
Test specialist Hanuma Vihari did not have the best of debuts in County Cricket. Playing for Warwickshire at the Trent Bridge, Vihari departed for a 23-ball duck and became the victim of Nottinghamshire and England veteran Stuart Broad.
23 balll duck for Hanuma Vihari in his debut innings for Warwickshire – Stuart Broads gets the wicket of Vihari. #CountyLive
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 16, 2021
However, he did manage to make an impact in the game through his brilliance in the field, picking up a one-handed stunner at short mid-wicket to dismiss Steven Mullaney. The video of the catch is doing the rounds on Internet.
Check out Vihari’s superb catch here:
A debut wonder catch for Hanuma Vihari 🇮🇳👏
— LV= Insurance County Championship (@CountyChamp) April 15, 2021
Vihari’s catch came at a crucial stage in the match. While Warwickshire were in a good position with Nottinghamshire reeling at 63-4, captain Steven Mullaney and Joe Clarke were building a promising partnership. With the scoreboard moving past 100, William Rhodes was introduced into the attack and he tasted success immediately. While trying to work Rhodes’ full-length bowl on the leg side, Mullaney wasn’t quite in control of the shot and ended up playing it in the air rather than along the ground. An alert Vihari stationed at mid-wicket, not only ran behind as the ball was seemingly going past him, but also acrobatically stretched his hand at the right time to get the crucial wicket.