'Andar ka youtuber jaag gaya hai' - Fans react as Ravichandran Ashwin calls Hanuma Vihari on 'Kutty Stories' show amid rift in Andhra Cricket Board

The quarter-final clash of the Ranji Trophy brought both ecstasy and agony to Andhra Pradesh cricket. Ex-Captain Hanuma Vihari revealed the reasons behind his departure as skipper of the team.

Mathew K
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Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari

Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari (Source: Twitter)

The quarter-final clash of the Ranji Trophy brought both ecstasy and agony to Andhra Pradesh cricket. While the spirited team suffered a heart-wrenching four-run defeat to Madhya Pradesh in Indore, a more profound storm was brewing within the cricketing circles.

Hanuma Vihari, who captained the side in the opening match of the season, took to Instagram to reveal the shocking circumstances leading to his resignation as captain and his decision to sever ties with Andhra Pradesh cricket.

The situation took an unexpected turn when Ravichandran Ashwin, amidst the turmoil, extended an invitation to Vihari for a discussion on his YouTube channel. He created anticipation with a tweet: "Kutti Stories with Ash “Vihari Garu, “Are you ready???" However, Vihari has also agreed to this invitation.

“I felt humiliated," said Hanuma Vihari

Earlier, in his statement, Vihari disclosed an incident where he shouted at the 17th player during a game against Bengal. The player, backed by his influential politician father, filed a complaint with the association, resulting in Vihari being asked to resign from the captaincy. Despite Andhra's impressive chase of 410 against Bengal, Vihari expressed his humiliation, emphasising that he played this season out of respect for the game and his team.

He said, "This post is about some facts I want to put forward. I was the captain in the first game against Bengal. During that game, I shouted at the 17th player, and he complained to his dad, who is a politician. His dad, in return, asked the association to take action against me. Although we chased 410 against last year's finalists, Bengal, I was asked to resign from the captaincy without any fault of mine.”

“I never said anything on a personal note to the player, but the association thought that player was more important than the guy who gave his body on the line last year and batted left-handed, took Andhra to knockouts five times in the last seven years, and played for India in 16 tests.”

Following this invitation by Ravichandran Ashwin, Hanuma Vihari has taken to 'X' and replied to Ashwin's story saying, 'Meru Epudu ante apudu,' which means that he will be available anytime and has accepted the invitation.

Here is how fans react to Ravichandran Ashwin’s request for Hanuma Vihari:

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