While the entire country continues to be in a 21-day lockdown, Hanuma Vihari hopes to use this break and prepare himself for what lies ahead. Once international cricket resumes, Vihari has his eyes set on his stint in the English County Championship in late August, followed by a four-Test series in Australia as India hope to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Also Read - Wasim Akram Gives Important Advice to 'Pace Ace' Jasprit Bumrah, Says Don't Run After County Cricket
“Mentally I am trying hard to keep myself positive and busy,” Vihari told ESPNcricinfo. “My challenge is: there is no cricket for the next three to four months. I do have a summer to look forward to having signed with a team in the English County Championship, where my contract starts from late August. Fingers crossed about that. I am going to use this time to focus on my fitness, sharpen my skills for county cricket as well as for the Australia tour in late 2020.” Also Read - From a Very Early Age, My Focus Was Test Cricket: Hanuma Vihari
Slowly becoming a vital cog in India’s Test setup, Vihari wanted to utilise the summer months playing County cricket in England. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has put breaks on Vihari’s plans for the time being. Vihari cracked an unbeaten double hundred in the TNCA Senior Division league. Playing for Nelson CC in the Tamil Nadu CA league earlier this mint, he scored 202 not out against Alwarpet CC in a drawn game. Also Read - Hanuma Vihari Names MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli as Best Captains Amid COVID-19 Lockdown
“On March 17 I was raising my bat after I made a double-century for Nelson Cricket Club against Alwarpet in a first-division club match of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. I had just returned from the New Zealand tour. With no domestic cricket left for me and no IPL contract this time, I wanted to keep myself active, so I played for Nelson,” Vihari said.
“The club was struggling and were at the bottom of the points table, and the game against Alwarpet was a relegation battle. So it was nice to score the double-hundred and help Nelson keep their place in the first division. But all that is a distant memory now.”