At a time when his India teammates are gearing up for the glitzy IPL more than 2500 miles away from Hyderabad, Hanuma Vihari has his eyes trained on something more challenging — the marquee tour of Australia.

Vihari is one of the two centrally contracted India players (the other being Cheteshwar Pujara) not part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year after being overlooked by the eight franchises.

“It would have been great if I had been a part of IPL but I can’t think about it,” Vihari, who has 552 runs from 9 Tests, said.

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With the COVID-19 related restrictions preventing full-fledged training, Vihari is doing his own net sessions with the help of none other than Indian team’s fielding coach, R Sridhar, in their hometown. “Yes, Sridhar sir is helping me in my training and due to lockdown, you don’t have grounds open. I…

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