G. Hanuma Vihari went down the memory lane when he stepped into the St. Andrews School (Bowenpally) here on Tuesday after a decade. For, it was here he learnt the basics thanks to mentor and coach K. John Manoj, before donning the state colours and then making it to the national team.
Vihari recalls that it was here (pointing to the ground) that he first attended the school team selections and couldn’t perform well.
“Those days, I used to bowl a lot as there were fewer chances of batting for long. But, thanks to John Sir, I was picked in the eleven and that was just the beginning,” he said.
“Honestly, I can’t think where my career would have headed but for the support of St. Andrews School management and John Sir in my formative years. This is where a very strong foundation was laid for me and I am grateful to each and every one at this school for backing me always,” said the 25-year-old Vihari, who has played four Tests.
Chasing the dreams
Vihari advised the young children to chase their dreams with all sincerity, commitment and passion.
“It is not just that you dream and leave the rest for others. The onus is on you to put in the efforts which should take you to the next level. The key to success is to be prepared for the opportunities that come your way.”
On his career, Vihari informed The Hindu that even as his long-term goals are to cement his Test place and gain a berth in the ODI squad, the immediate target is to do well in the IPL for Delhi Capitals, having played for two seasons earlier with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“I don’t think I have to make any serious changes to my batting in the IPL. It is all about mental framework. If I ensure that, I don’t think I will have any problems in scoring,” says a confident Vihari, while adding that being a member of the memorable Test series in Australia recently has boosted his confidence.
“The Test series against Australia changed my perception and attitude. I am better off now to face any challenges without any inhibitions.”