Hanuma Vihari's half-century in the second innings of the first Test after a hundred in the first innings, helped him become the first Indian batsman since Sachin Tendulkar in 1990 to score a century and a fifty in the same Test while batting at No. 6 or lower.
Vihari remained 53 not out in the second essay as India set an improbable 468-run target for the West Indies and inched closer to a series win on Day Three of the second and final Test at the Sabina Park on Sunday.
First innings centurion Vihari and in-form Ajinkya Rahane (64*) stitched together a 111-run partnership for the fifth wicket to take India out of shambles and declare at 168/4, allowing the bowlers to have a short go of 13 overs at the West Indies batters before the end of the day's play.
In the process, Vihari became only the 5th Indian batsman overall to achieve the feat besides being the first since cricket legend Tendulkar to do it while batting at No. 6.
Polly Umrigar was the first batsman to hit a hundred and a fifty in the same Test against West Indies in 1962. Tendulkar batted at No. 6 against England and scored 68 and 119 not out in Manchester.
Vihari is on top of the batting chats in the ongoing 2-Test series against West Indies. The 25-year-old has scored 289 runs, including a hundred and two fifties, at a staggering average of 96.33.
Hanuma Vihari got to his maiden Test hundred on Saturday and dedicated it to his late father in an emotional message.
Vihari revealed he had lost his father when was 12 and decided at a very young age that he would dedicate his first international hundred to him.
"Actually, my dad passed away when I was 12. Ever since I decided that when I play international cricket, I would dedicate my first hundred to my dad and today is an emotional day. I hope he is proud wherever he is," Vihari said on Saturday.
Speaking about the challenges of batting at No. 6 and scoring big runs for the team, Hanuma Vihari said: "When you're batting at No. 6, your intent should always be positive. That's a position where you will be batting with one batsman and then if a wicket falls, the wicketkeeper and then the lower-order. My mindset was always positive.
Vihari added: "I walked in when Virat Kohli was batting. I could rub off the confidence which he was showing. .
"It's not been easy. All my Tests have come overseas. Playing away is a tough challenge but I am a sort of person who relishes challenges."
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