Cricketers often talk about how a sense of security helps their performance but not Hanuma Vihari, who believes in treating every Test match as 'his last' because it helps him be on guard against complacency.
The 25-year-old Andhra batsman emerged as the top run-getter with 291 runs in India's 2-0 series win over the West Indies and vindicated the team management's decision to have him instead of the more stylish Rohit Sharma in the playing XI.
"Obviously I am very happy that I have done well but I went into this tour with a clean slate. I decided to take one Test match at a time. For me, every Test match is my last. It helps me get into a mindset that I have nothing to lose and play accordingly," Hanuma told in an interview.
Recently, Virat Kohli complimented Hanuma for his temperament, which the skipper feels infuses a sense of calm in the dressing room.
He called Hanuma the find of the West Indies tour.
"You can't ask for anything more if the change room has faith in your abilities. That is certainly the best compliment I could have got and coming from the skipper himself, it can't get better," said Hanuma, who now has 456 runs in six Tests, including a hundred and three fifties.