Vihari was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 2 crore in the 2019 IPL but he didn’t find any takers this season, which has been indefinitely suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I realised that when things are not in your control, you can’t do much about it. No regrets. I am not gutted about IPL (snub),” Vihari said during an Instagram chat on the show ‘Homerun with AV’.
“My focus always was on Tests from an early age and I am happy I could achieve whatever I did,” added Hanuma Vihari, who kept his base price at Rs 50 lakh this season.
Hanuma Vihari said he is in awe of captain Virat Kohli’s work ethic and has learnt a lot by watching his preparation before matches.
“The best part of Kohli’s game is his preparation. I have learnt that from him. His work ethic is also amazing,”
A regular in India’s squad for overseas Tests, Hanuma Vihari said he always tries to put a price on his wicket so that he is not left out of the team.
“I am ready to do anything for my team. I always tried to score runs, dig deep and play long innings whenever I play abroad. I always try to do my best so that team can’t drop me,” said the 26-year-old, who scored a gritty 55 in the second Test in New Zealand earlier this year.
Successful as a Test specialist, Vihari believes he also has the ability to do well in other formats.
“See I can’t change what people think about you. I have to score runs consistently and those are the thoughts that come to my mind.
“I believe I have the ability to play all formats. So that’s good enough for me, this knowledge. Once I get right the opportunity, I can do it.” PTI ATK