“Actions Don’t Reflect the True Spirit,” Chandrababu Naidu reacts to Hanuma Vihari’s controversy

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Former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has reacted to Hanuma Vihari’s decision to leave the Andhra Pradesh Ranji Cricket team.

Chandrababu Naidu reacts to Hanuma Vihari’s controversy

In the ongoing controversy over Indian batter Haunma Vihari’s decision to leave the Andhra Pradesh Ranji Cricket team, former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has reacted to the incident.

He said that this was an example of “Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party’s (YSRCP) vindictive politics.”

Former Andhra team captain Hanuma Vihari posted his statement on his Instagram account after the side’s exit in the quarter-finals stage of the Ranji Trophy 2024 schedule.

He details the reason why he left the Andhra captaincy following Andhra’s first game of the season.

He said that he shouted at a player who was the son of a politician who made a complaint to his father which resulted in happenings. He also said he would be not playing for Andhra anymore.

Chandrababu Naidu took his X handle to back Hanuma Vihari saying,

“It’s a shame that even the Andhra Cricket Association has succumbed to YSRCP’s vindictive politics. @Hanumavihari, a brilliant Indian international cricketer, has been targeted to the point where he has vowed to never play for Andhra Pradesh.”

“Hanuma, stay strong – your integrity and commitment to the game speak volumes. These unjust actions don’t reflect the true spirit of Andhra Pradesh or our people. We stand with you, and we’ll ensure justice prevails. #WeStandWithHanuma,”

 Vihari made allegations saying that he was forced to resign as captain following Andhra’s opening match against Bengal.

“I felt embarrassed but the only reason I continued playing this season is because I respect the game and my team.”

“The sad part is that associations think that players have to listen to whatever they say, and players are there because of them. I felt humiliated and embarrassed, but I have not expressed it until today,” he concluded.

The first semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy fixtures will be played between Vidharbha and Madhya Pradesh starting on March 02 but the venue is yet to be finalised.