New Delhi. Batsman Hanuma Vihari, who is out of the Indian Test team, has left the captaincy of Andhra Pradesh’s Ranji Trophy team. He took this decision a day before the match against Mumbai. After Hanuma left the captaincy, senior batsman Ricky Bhui has been made the captain of the Andhra Pradesh team.
Ricky Bhui said after the practice session of Andhra Pradesh and Mumbai team on Thursday, "There are some personal reasons for Hanuma leaving the captaincy. He wants to concentrate on his batting, so he has given up the captaincy."
Andhra Pradesh’s new captain Bhui further said, "I have been with this group of players for 10 years and have captained the team before, even in other formats, so it is no big deal for me. The important thing is that after beating Bengal, we have got the momentum – we have got the lead in the first innings and the important thing is that we have to maintain it. It doesn’t matter who the captain is.”
Hanuma Vihari has been out of the Indian Test team for the last 18 months. He scored 51 runs in the Ranji Trophy match against Bengal. Vihari had informed the selectors on Wednesday night itself and the selectors gave this information to the players through the team management before the net session on Thursday.
Interestingly, last season itself, Vihari was on the verge of leaving the Andhra Pradesh team. However, he was retained by the Andhra Cricket Association and was expected to continue captaining the Andhra Pradesh team after reaching the quarter-finals last season.
Hunma has scored 839 runs in 16 tests played so far. He has scored 1 century and 5 half-centuries.