Hyderabad: A day after the heroic exploits of the injured G Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin who ensured an epic draw for India against Australia in the third Test in Sydney on Monday, social media was full of memes and praises for these two cricketers. Vihari was hailed as the next Wall of India after the original Wall Rahul Dravid.
A few childhood pictures and tweets on how he went through all emotions were seen in the social media.
A meme depicting Vihari as Hanuman from the mythological serial Ramayana is being circulated with Ravana being Tim Paine, Vibhishana as Steve Smith, with Pat Cummins, Jose Hazlewood trying to move the leg of Hanuman but in vain. In yet another meme, Vihari is seen as Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) enacting the Dewaar movie where he successfully comes out of the hall after defeating the villains. Despite pulling a hamstring when on three, Vihari batted for 161 balls for just 23 runs and had an unbeaten partnership of 62 with Ashwin (39) off 256 balls. Their sterling partnership helped India to 334 for five at the close.
But the tweet that has caught the eye is wherein it said how a 12-year-old Vihari could not be traced for three or four days after his father had passed away. He reappeared after four days and led St Andrew’s High School to victory.
John Manoj, who has been coach of Vihari at St John’s Academy from a young age, said it was a true incident. “He was very depressed when his father passed away. But luckily he found a savior in St Andrew’s School who was kind enough to take him as a student. His education was taken care of by the school. It is one of the fairytale stories,’’ said Manoj.
The present Indian fielding coach R Sridhar would for long hours had a batting session with Vihari while at School, it was Noel Carr, late Anil Mittal, Srinivas took care of this young talented cricketer.
Meanwhile the combative Ashwin, who endured a severe back pain in the previous night, said this was one of the best innings. But he tweeted that his best was against Railways when he steered Tamil Nadu in fading light to an exciting one-wicket win.