Hanuma Vihari played an epic inning on the fifth day of the SCG Test to help Team India draw the Test. He received plenty of praise for his grit. However, as they say, you cannot please everyone, Vihari’s innings too was criticized by a few people. Union Minister Babul Supriyo was one such person and he criticized Vihari on Twitter. However, what was amusing to see was the way the Indian cricketer responded to Supriyo’s comments.
In the second innings of the third Test, India had an enormous task of chasing 407 runs. However, an incredible inning from Rishabh Pant gave India a glimmer of hope. But the wickets of Pant and Pujara in quick succession and the injury of Ravindra Jadeja brought Australia back in the game.
At such a crunch situation, Vihari and Ashwin batted for 42 overs to deny Australia a win. Babul Supriyo, member of Parliament and a popular singer, wasn’t happy with Vihari’s approach and he tweeted, “Playing 109 balls to score 7 !That is atrocious to say the least•Hanuma Bihari has not only killed any Chance for India to achieve a historic win but has also murdered Cricket.. not keeping win an option, even if remotely, is criminal. PS: I know that I know nothing abt cricket.
Criticism is not new to cricketers and they do get trolled every now and then on social media. So not many expected Vihari to respond to Babul Supriyo. However, the Indian batsman decided to respond to Supriyo and did it in style. Instead of arguing or making any statements, Vihari just typed his correct spelling in a tweet and replied to the singer.
Vihari injured his hamstring during the second innings of the third Test. Although he continued to bat, he rarely ran between the wickets. His injury is of severe nature and he will miss the fourth Test.