'Talking To Rahul Dravid Eased My Nerves' Says Indian Batsman Hanuma Vihari

| September 10 , 2018 , 19:23 IST

Indian Batsman Hanuma Vihari who became 292nd Test player for his country described that he was nervous and felt the pressure to perform immediately when called up for duty but credited former Indian Captain and India A team Rahul Dravid for his well-fought half-century on debut in the fifth and final Test against England at the Kia Oval on Sunday.

Vihari had impressed everyone with his 56-runs on debut which helped the tourist to save the day, albeit by a small margin.

Speaking to media, Hanuma Vihari on his selection said, "I got to know the day before the match, obviously, I was very thrilled. Because that was my dream, growing up playing cricket. I first informed my family about it and they were very very happy as well".

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The young Indian batsman further added that initially, he felt the pressure, to be honest, going in cloudy conditions and against the likes of Stuart Broad and (James) Anderson bowling at you.

"I called him [Dravid] the day before I made my debut and told him I was making my debut. He spoke to me for a couple of minutes and gave his inputs and I thought it eased my nerves a little bit because it's coming from a legend and you know that you belong here. He just told me that you have the skill set, you have the mindset and the temperament, just go out there and enjoy yourself", Hanuma Vihari said.

The 24-year-old also revealed, "Usually when I bat, I try to ignore all the things which come at me. I just tried to focus on my own game. That's the style of cricket I tried to play. Obviously, Virat is very aggressive as you'll know. He also had a go at (Ben Stokes). That's how the game is played nowadays and that's how Indian cricket is".

"But my aggression is something which I want to do with the bat. Obviously, if it gets personal then I might say something back at him. But as long as it's healthy then everyone likes to have some banter on the cricket field. My style of play is to try to ignore and focus on my own game," said Vihari.

Earlier, Vihari had travelled to England in 2015 after being snubbed in the IPL and was also a part of India A tour to the country recently. Vihari is confident that he can achieve and has prepared in accordance.

"It's just the start. I know I have to do a lot of things to cement my place in the Indian team, which I definitely want to do. Getting a half-century on debut is just the start," the 24-year-old said.