Hanuma Vihari, India’s Test batter, will return to Hyderabad for the upcoming domestic season in India after moving to Andhra Pradesh to boost his international aspirations. In the 2010-11 season, the right-hander made his first-class debut for Hyderabad, where he remained till the 2015-16 season. In 2016-17, Vihari relocated to Andhra Pradesh, where he commanded the team while he was available.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that I’m leaving the Andhra Cricket Association on good terms. For the past five years, I’ve had the honour of captaining and representing Andhra Pradesh. We’ve grown into a team we can be proud of, and I’d like to express my gratitude to all of my teammates, coaches, and association office bearers for their unwavering support. From the upcoming season, I shall be a member of the Hyderabad Cricket Association “Vihari penned a brief statement, which he later shared on Twitter.

“Vihari spoke to the senior brass of the HCA during the previous few days making clear his ambition to play for Hyderabad again and he had been welcomed to do so,” a source in the Hyderabad Cricket Association said. Vihari relocated to Andhra Pradesh from Hyderabad in the 2015 season, ostensibly for improved possibilities, and went on to play for India in Test matches as well.

Before coming to Andhra Pradesh, Vihari played 39 first-class matches for Hyderabad. In those games, the 27-year-old scored 2990 runs at an average of 56.41, but he performed even better for Andhra, hitting 1741 runs at an average of 62.17 in just 21 matches. In the 2017-18 season, he also hit a triple century against Odisha. Vihari also represented Andhra Pradesh in 25 List A games and 17 T20s.

In 2018, Vihari made his India debut against England. So far, the right-hander has played 12 Tests and scored 624 runs at a 32.84 average. Vihari has a century and four fifties in these games. In 94 first-class matches, Vihari has scored 7261 runs at an average of 55.