KS Bharat’s father choked somewhat as he spoke after his son acquired his first Test match cap through the India-Australia 4 match collection opener in Nagpur on Thursday.
“He’s getting to play in the Border-Gavaskar series, it’s a big thing for our family,” he stated. “Bharat had a lot of interest towards the game since his early days. I would like to especially thank the BCCI that we were there when Bharat received his debut cap. He has worked really hard. (As a kid), he used to take his kit to the ground by himself. After practice, he used to study for the school next day and used to ready his cricket equipment after returning from school.”
Cheteshwar Pujara, who’s a sport away from his a hundredth Test, reiterated to the keeper-batter within the pre-match huddle, “You have worked really hard to earn this.”
Bharat himself felt full through the second and was caught by one of many BCCI cameras on floor as he kissed his saggy blue cap and appeared up within the skies forward of the primary day. He would later add a stumping of Marnus Labuschagne to mark the event.
𝗔𝘀 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗴𝗲𝘁𝘀! ☺️☺️
Hear from the proud and emotional relations of @surya_14kumar & @KonaBharat – #TeamIndia‘s latest Test debutants 👏🏻👏🏻#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/RMo8aa99Ls
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 9, 2023
“This is like a dream come true for all us. Not just for Bharat, but me, the family and many supporters. There are a lot of people behind him to see where he is right now. It is our luck that we are able to see this moment. As I wife, I’m very proud of Bharat and we’re enjoying the moment,” his spouse would add.
Bharat, who had been a part of the staff’s crimson ball squad earlier than, had saved wickets for India within the absence of Rishabh Pant earlier than within the center. His first inclusion dates again to November 2019 when Wriddhiman Saha was once India’s first alternative keeper.
It was additionally a maiden calling to the crimson ball eleven for Suryakumar Yadav. Having already gained a repertoire for being India’s most talked about white-ball batter in latest instances, Ravi Shastri reckoned Surya didn’t want a makeover in his strategy in India’s whites.
What desires are made from.. 💫
Cap no. 304 🤍
Congratulations fellow debutant @KonaBharat 💪 pic.twitter.com/5e1NWsUv5v
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) February 9, 2023
“Wear this with pride and honour and remember that every time you step out for your country, you have reached here not with anybody’s help,” the previous India coach stated whereas handing the cap to the right-handed batter. “You’ve reached here because of what you have done. The way you have performed over the past few months. So enjoy, your game shouldn’t change just because of this stamp, ‘Test match cricket’. You play the way you play and treat it as another game. Enjoy yourself and entertain.”
Surya was India’s highest run scorer in T20Is in 2022 and scored his third ton within the shortest format earlier this 12 months towards Sri Lanka.
“As a parent, we have seen since childhood that he was very passionate about the game of cricket,” his father stated. “Though he had a choice earlier between badminton and cricket but he chose to play cricket and we supported. We feel very proud that after T20 and ODI, he’s got the Test cap. It is the ultimate format of the game.”
“He’s worked really hard. Everyone’s worked hard with him. We can just be there for him but at the end, the hard work is his. He’s put in the hours. He’s done his effort. And here we are watching him play for the first time in Test cricket,” Surya’s spouse added.
His mom conceded that regardless that he had already performed in two codecs for India, this felt much more particular.
“Since his childhood, I’ve seen him play cricket and work hard. Today, after watching him receive this cap, I’m feeling even more proud of him.”
India completed the day in charge of the sport’s narrative, 77/1 and simply 100 runs behind Australia who have been bundled out early in third session following a fifer from Ravindra Jadeja and three wickets from Ravichandran Ashwin.
“Always a special day when a couple more boys join our family. It’s obviously a dream come true for millions of people and there haven’t been many who’ve had the pleasure or privilege of having a Test cap and playing Test cricket for India,” head coach Rahul Dravid stated on the 2 debutants forward of the day’s play.