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Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Top 5 batsmen

ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
3.86K   //    02 Jan 2018, 16:14 IST

The leading run-getters from the latest season features four new names, who are slowly establishing themselves in the Ranji circuit.

There were huge knocks including a few triple centuries by batsmen, as two captains make up the list of the top five.

#5 Hanuma Vihari, Andhra – 752 runs at 94.00 in 6 matches


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Hanuma Vihari hit a triple century - 302* - for Andhra this season

The newly crowned Andhra captain Hanuma Vihari showed the way with big runs when no other decent contributions from the bat helped his side. It was during the 2016-17 season that he had switched from Hyderabad to Andhra, and seeing his potential, and seeing his talent, Andhra rewarded him with the captaincy.

Pre-season scores of 59* in a one-day game for India Under-23 against Afghanistan's emerging side and 105 for India Blue in the Duleep Trophy signalled his intent early.

In just the second Ranji match, Vihari, 24, got 150 against Baroda, who had Irfan Pathan and an in-form Swapnil Singh in their bowling line-up. Come the next game, he bashed 302* against Odisha, his maiden first-class triple century. Vihari ended with two hundreds and three half-centuries as Andhra exited in the group stages.

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A childhood cricket enthusiast, my earliest cricket memory goes back to the 2003 World Cup, when I was 7. With a hobby of cricket commentary and writing from my early days, I earned an invitation for employment by Cricbuzz.com aged only 20, and have also had the opportunity to interact with the great analyst Harsha Bhogle.
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