We decided to look at it as a 3-match series from thereon: says Hanuma Vihari

It has been 48 hours since India’s finest Test series win. The series will go down in the history as the best example of making a comeback from a defeat. Hanuma Vihari has been one of the pillars that strengthened the foundation of the draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground. His three and half hours long partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin on the final day of the third Test resulted in a draw.

In an exclusive to Sports Today, Vihari recalled, “I think it’s easier coming back disappointed, having a meeting, showing emotions, blaming it on someone or something. It only happens outside the team. Inside the team, we were united. At any stage, we never spoke about it. We said let’s leave it behind us. It was a freak inning, everything we played, we were edging it and it was going to hands. We said it might never happen in the future,”

During the third Test, Vihari picked up an injury and went unavailable for the decider at Gabba in Brisbane.

In the interview, Vihari mentioned that they did not lose the self-esteem after the defeat in Adelaide. “That was the discussion we had in the team meeting. We decided to look at it as a 3-match series from thereon. ‘Let’s win the series. Let’s forget about the first Test, it’s a three-game series for us,’”

In the third match Virahi scored 4 off 38 in the first innings and the expensive 23 off 161 in the second innings.

“Now if you look at it, we won it 2-0. That was the positive thinking which we had in the dressing room. And we truly believed in it. We never doubted ourselves as a batting unit. We could see the fight we showed in Melbourne, Sydney, and Gabba is the true testimony of our belief,” Hanuma Vihari added.

 

 

 

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