Suryakumar Yadav, in addition to KS Bharat, made his Test debut after outstanding performances in the shorter formats.
With the Border Gavaskar Trophy finally underway, all eyes are on Suryakumar Yadav and KS Bharat, who are making their Test debuts. Following the injury to India’s regular wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant, the 29-year-old KS Bharat was named to the playing XI for the first Test against Australia.
Following his Test debut, Bharat received overwhelming support from his family, wife, and coach J Krishna Rao. Bharat’s coach did not want to miss the moment when the 29-year-old received his first Test cap, and Rao arrived in time to see the wicketkeeper’s career-defining moment.
“We had been eagerly awaiting it for quite some time. It was a very proud moment for me to see him being handed the Test cap from the stands by none other than the longest format legend (Cheteshwar) Pujara “Rao stated
Not only Bharat’s coach was present when the 29-year-old received his Test cap. His parents, sister, and wife were also in the stadium to witness the joyous occasion. His coach also believes that his selection to the Indian team will encourage and inspire other young people to pursue their dreams.
When asked about it, Rao stated, “It is undoubtedly a proud moment for the entire state of Andhra Pradesh, the state cricket association, the players, coaches, and groundsmen. Everyone should be proud of themselves. For all of us, it has been a long time.”
“Every Andhra player is encouraged because they can now continue to work hard and take their efforts to the next level. Why can’t they represent the country if Bharat can? Our state is quite small. The proportion of Andhra Pradesh players representing the country is very low. This (Bharat’s debut) represents a significant step forward for the state “He went on to say.
Bharat, who was born in Andhra Pradesh, was only nine years old when Rao took him under his wing. Bharat was introduced to wicketkeeping by his coach, and the 29-year-old is finally getting his chance.