Andhra wicketkeeper-batsman KS Bharat made his Test debut in Nagpur in the first Test against Australia. He was picked ahead of Ishan Kishan as Rishabh Pant’s replacement for the first Test.
Just before the toss, KS Bharat got his maiden Test cap from Cheteshwar Pujara amid huge cheers from his teammates. Prior to him, Suryakumar Yadav got his maiden Test cap from former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri.
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Debut in international cricket for @KonaBharat 👍 👍
A special moment for him as he receives his Test cap from @cheteshwar1 👌 👌#TeamIndia | #INDvAUS | @mastercardindia pic.twitter.com/dRxQy8IRvZ
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 9, 2023
Bharat has played a heavy amount of First-Class cricket before finally making his Test debut for India. The right-hander has played 86 FC games scoring over 4700 runs with nine hundreds and 27 fifties. He has a best score of 308 in First Class games.
Meanwhile, just after receiving his Test cap, KS Bharat was seen hugging his mother to share the emotional moment of his career. Bharat played in the IPL for Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore but now he finally made his Test debut.
KS Bharat Shares An Emotional Moment With His Mother After Getting His Test Cap
What a beautiful picture – KS Bharat's mother hugged him after knowing he'll debut for India. pic.twitter.com/QhxxHAvxBV
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 9, 2023
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Bharat was first kept for India as Wriddhiman Saha’s replacement in the first Test against New Zealand in 2021. He was picked ahead of Ishan Kishan because of his better-keeping techniques against Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
We Know The Importance Of This Series: Rohit Sharma
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma spoke about India’s playing XI at the toss saying that the idea behind picking three spinners was that the pitch looked dry and will get even drier as the Tets match progresses. He further spoke about the importance of the series.
“We would have batted too. Looks pretty dry. There will be help for spinners. We got to wait and see how much it does. Yesterday when we started training we did see some seam movement for the pacers up front. We have had a good prep for the last 5-6 days. We trained on the aspects in store. This is a big one. We know the importance of the series but we also understand it’s about winning one session at a time. It’s a long series. Three spinners, two-seamers, Bharat and Suryakumar Yadav are debuting” Rohit said at the toss.
The Men in Blue needs to win the series to book a place in the WTC final. Australia is leading the points table with 124 points followed by India with 99. The Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi will host the second Test from February 17 to 21.
The third Test will be played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala from March 1 to 5 and the fourth Test will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad from March 9 to 13. The fourth Test might be a D/N affair as per reports.
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