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Hanuma Vihari dedicates maiden ton to late father

Hanuma Vihari scored his maiden Test hundred in the second day at the Sabina Park helping India to post 416.

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Hanuma Vihari dedicates maiden ton to late father
Hanuma Vihari scores maiden Test hundred. Photo: Getty Images

Hanuma Vihari scored his maiden Test hundred in the second day of the second Test against West Indies at the Sabina Park helping India to post 416.

Vihari was the last batsman to be dismissed for India making 111. The 225 ball innings was studded with 16 fours.

The 25-year old batsman who resumed his innings with an overnight score of 42, credited Ishant Sharma for a well-constructed partnership.

“When I was batting overnight on 42, I didn’t sleep well. All I was thinking about was how to get a big score. Happy that I got a century and credit should go to Ishant.

“He looked more like a batsman today than me. The way he was going, we kept discussing what the bowler was doing and his experience really helped,” Vihari said.

In an emotional reaction to the first Test hundred, Vihari dedicated the century to his deceased father who died very early in his life.

“Really happy that I was able to get my first ton. At Lunch I was on 84, and it took me a while to get to a hundred. Credit to the bowler, they were bowling really well.

“It was challenging and I am really happy. My dad passed away when I was 12. So I had decided when I get my first international century, I want to dedicate it to him. Today is an emotional day and I hope he’s proud,”

he said.

With six Tests played so far, Vihari scored 403 runs at an average of over 40.

West Indies ended the day losing 7 wickets at just at 87, demoralized by Jasprit Bumrah’s six-fer that included a hat-trick.

Vihari highly appreciating the terms, said, “We bowled brilliantly and Bumrah was exceptional. We have to get them all out as soon as possible. Any opposition will tell that they fear facing Bumrah. We enjoy watching him bowl and I know he has a long career ahead.”

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