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India celebrate with the trophy. (Credits: Twitter)

On the very expected lines, Team India made light work of Bangladesh in the just-concluded historic day-night Test at the Eden Gardens. The hosts dismantled Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs to sweep the two-match series. The writing was much very on the wall for Bangladesh once they were all out for just 106 in the first innings.

Mominul Haque boldly decided to bat first after winning the toss and regretted his decision soon as India’s in-form pacers made life difficult for the tourists. Ishant Sharma starred with the ball in the first innings by picking up five wickets. He was well supported by his fellow pacers as Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami picked up three and two wickets respectively.

In reply, India declared their innings on 347 for 9 with Virat Kohli’s century leading the way. The pacers then once again made life difficult for Bangladesh. Umesh Yadav picked up five while Ishant accounted for four as the hosts restricted the beleaguered hosts to just 195 to register the thumping win.

Virat Kohli wins hearts with his gesture:

In recent years, Indian captains have made it a habit of handing the trophies to the newest members of the team. The tradition was started by MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli as well as Rohit Sharma havecontinued it.  Earlier this month, Rohit had handed the winning trophy to newcomer Shivam Dube after India beat Bangladesh in the T20Is.

And Virat Kohli, on Sunday, did the same after India won the Test series. He handed the trophy to KS Bharat, the Andhra wicketkeeper who was flown in as cover for Wriddhiman Saha in the just-concluded Test.  But unlike Dube, Bharat is not a very popular face since he is yet to make his international or IPL debut.

KS Bharat
KS Bharat (Credits: ESPNCricinfo)

He was bought by Delhi Capitals in 2015 but was soon released and is yet to get a franchise in IPL since then. No surprises then that fans asked about him when the BCCI posted a picture of him lifting the winning trophy.  Bharat has been toiling hard in domestic circuit for years now. He made his first-class debut for Andhra in 2013 and since then, he has been one of the most consistent performers in domestic circuit. Unsurprisingly, he has been a regular for India A in the longest format.

So far, he has played 69 games, scoring 3,909 runs at an average of 37.58. He has eight centuries and 20 half-centuries with a highest score of 308 against Goa in 2015.

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