Hanuma Vihari, who scored a half century on Test debut for India at The Oval, has given credit to Rahul Dravid for his success.
"I got to know the day before the match. Obviously, I was very thrilled. Because that was my dream, growing up playing cricket. I first informed my family about it and they were very very happy as well,” Vihari told the media after the end of third day’s play.
On what role Dravid had to play in his success, Vihari revealed, "I called him the day before I made my debut and told him I was making my debut. He spoke to me for a couple of minutes and gave his inputs and I thought it eased my nerves a little bit because it's coming from a legend and you know that you belong here. He just told me that you have the skill set, you have the mindset and the temperament, just go out there and enjoy yourself,"
Vihari also added that batting along with skipper Virat Kohli definitely helped him to settle down. "Initially I felt the pressure, to be honest, going in yesterday cloudy conditions and Stuart Broad and Anderson bowling at you.
"Initially, as I said, I had nerves. With that, I wasn't good with my decision making. But having Virat at the other end made my job a little easier, I guess. His inputs helped me initially,” admitted Vihari.
--By A Cricket Correspondent