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Hanuma Vihari controversy: A timeline of batter vs 17th player and Andhra

Hanuma Vihari controversy: A timeline of batter vs 17th player and Andhra

Andhra batter Hanuma Vihari faces an inquiry from the association for allegedly using foul language on a 17th player in Ranji Trophy 2024

Hanuma Vihari is currently embroiled in a controversy with his Andhra teammate and the association. Vihari has accused the Andhra cricket association of sacking him as skipper for allegedly shouting at a 17th player.

The player in question, who is the son of a politician, maintains that foul language was used against him. The association has stepped in and has ordered a full inquiry into the series of events.

Hanuma Vihari & Andhra tussle – A timeline

  • January 5: Hanuma Vihari scolds a 17th player ( KN Prudhvi Raj) during Andhra vs Bengal Ranji Trophy 2024 game.
  • Hanuma Vihari asked to resign as Andhra skipper after Prudhvi Raj’s complaint
  • February 26: Vihari puts out a statement regarding the incident and vows to never play for Andhra again.
  • February 26: Prudhvi Raj rebuts Vihari’s statement, mocks him ‘so-called champion’.
  • February 26: Andhra association issues statement, orders full inquiry based on complaints from teammates, support staff of foul language used by Vihari and ACA administrators.
  • February 26: Vihari reacts, says keep trying

Hanuma Vihari records as captain

Vihari has been one of the most successful captains in Andhra’s history. Under his leadership, the state has reached five Ranji Trophy quarterfinals in the last seven years. Even in the ongoing 2024 edition, the right-handed batter took his side to the quarterfinals, only to lose by 4 runs against Madhya Pradesh.

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