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Updated January 12th, 2024 at 16:18 IST

India international Hanuma Vihari steps down as captain before Ranji Trophy game

According to reports, Hanuma Vihari's decision was personal and he wanted to focus on his batting. Vihari managed 51 runs in the opening game against Bengal.

Reported by: Press Trust Of India
Hanuma Vihari with Rohit Sharma
Hanuma Vihari with Rohit Sharma | Image:BCCI
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India player Hanuma Vihari will not be leading Andhra in the ongoing Ranji Trophy after having stepped down from captaincy on Thursday. On Friday, during Andhra's Group B match against Mumbai, Ricky Bhui was leading the side.

According to media reports, Vihari's decision was personal and he wanted to focus on his batting. Vihari managed 51 runs in the opening game against Bengal, which ended in a draw.

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Interestingly, he was mulling a move to Madhya Pradesh before the start of the season, as he was eager to play under domestic coach Chandrakant Pandit to revive his international career. 

Vihari has represented India in 16 Tests so far, scoring 839 runs at an average of 33.56, including a ton and five half-centuries, with a top score of III against the West Indies in Kingston in 2019. Having made his Test debut at The Oval in 2018, his last outing also happened to be in England, in Birmingham 2022. 

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Published January 12th, 2024 at 16:18 IST

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