“Are You Ready?” R Ashwin Asks India Star Who Said He’s Been “Humiliated” For Chat. This Is The Reply

On Monday, Indian cricket team star Hanuma Vihari brought forward some serious allegations against one of his teammates in the Andhra Pradesh team, saying he has been “humiliated” and “lost self-respect.” Vihari was one of the main architects in India’s memorable Border-Gavaskar Trophy triumph in Australia in the 2020021 season. Though he is currently out of the Indian cricket team, Vihari remains one of the most well-known names in the domestic circuit.  Vihari hit out at a team-mate (son of a politician) who he alleged had asked his father to take action against him after the veteran player shouted at him during a match.

Vihari also shared the copy of his statement on his X account signed by other players in the Andhra team with a one-line comment — “the whole team knows (what had happened on that day).”

Andhra’s campaign in the on-going Ranji season came to an end when they lost to Madhya Pradesh by four runs in the quarterfinals at Indore.

“I love the team. I love the way we’re growing every season but the association doesn’t want us to grow,” Vihari wrote on Instagram.

“I felt humiliated and embarrassed but I’ve not expressed it out until today. I’ve decided that I’ll never play for Andhra where i lost my self respect. I love the team. I love the way we’re growing every season but association doesn’t want us to grow.”

The middle-order batter, who has played 16 Tests for India, started the season as Andhra captain but stepped down after the first match against last year’s runners-up Bengal.

At the time, Vihari attributed his decision to move away from leadership role due to “personal reasons” but now the right-handed batter said the association had asked him to resign.

“I was the captain in the first game against Bengal, during that game I shouted at the 17th player and he complained to his dad (who is a politician), his dad in return asked the association to take action against me. Although we chased 410 against last year’s finalists Bengal, I was asked to resign from captaincy without any fault of mine. I never said anything on a personal note to the player,” said Vihari.

However, the player in question, KN Prudhvi Raj, took to Instagram and accused Vihari of making false claims.

“Hello everyone! I’m that guy, you guys are searching in the comment box, whatever you guys heard is absolutely false, no one is higher than the game and my self-respect is much bigger than anything.

“Personal attacks and vulgar language are unacceptable in any kind of human platform. Everyone in the team knows what happened that day. Nuvu inthaku minchi emmi pikkulevu (You can’t get any better than this) Mr so called champion. Play this sympathy game however you want,” wrote Prudhvi Raj.

However, Vihari later shared the copy of his statement on his X account which was signed by other players in the Andhra team with a one-line comment — “the whole team knows.” However, the 30-year-old expressed grouse that the association did not value his sacrifices for the team over the years, recalling last year’s Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match against Madhya Pradesh.

A forearm injury to his right-hand had forced him to bat left-handed in that game, but he could not prevent Andhra’s ouster.

“The association thought that player was more important than the guy who gave his body on the line last year and batted left-handed, took Andhra to knock outs 5 times in the last 7 years and played for India in 16 Tests.

“I felt embarrassed but the only reason I continued playing this season was because I respect the game and my team,” he added.

A few hours after the social media posts, there was an interaction between Indian cricket tam star bowler Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari.

Ashwin asked Vihari on X: “Kutty stories with ash ” Vihari Garu ” Meeru ready unnara (Are you ready)????  @Hanumavihari”

To which Hanuma Vihari replied: “Meru Epudu ante apudu (When you mean then)”

Meanwhile, the bitter spat between Hanuma Vihari and Andhra Cricket Association took a fresh turn as the state body on Monday announced an inquiry against the senior batter, who had accused the ACA of forcing him to resign from captaincy at the start of the ongoing season.

With PTI inputs

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