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IND vs AUS: How debutant KS Bharat won Rohit Sharma’s confidence in the dying seconds of DRS appeal | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: ‘A confident call in a debut Test’ – that’s how KS Bharat’s Test career kicked off on Thursday. KS Bharat was handed his debut Test cap ahead of the first Test against Australia in Nagpur and the 29-year-old keeper had an impressive start.
When Siraj, bowling his first over of the match, bowled an outswinger to Australia opener Usman Khawaja and hit his pad straightaway, a loud lbw appeal followed, but umpire Nitin Menon didn’t look convinced. Siraj looked confident.

But it’s the wicket-keeper’s inputs that matter the most in a DRS call and Rohit wanted to consult debutant Bharat. The India captain ran towards Bharat and asked for final confirmation and the confident wicketkeeper didn’t take much time and asked Rohit to go upstairs.
Rohit, with just one second left on the clock, signaled towards the umpire.
The ball tracker showed three reds.
Captain Rohit and his team roared in jubilation. Rohit patted Bharat on his back. Virat Kohli too came forward and high-fived Bharat.


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Australia captain Pat Cummins won the toss and elected to bat. India’s charismatic middle-order batter in T20I cricket, Suryakumar Yadav made his Test debut along with wicket-keeper Bharat. The Cummins-led Australian team meanwhile handed out the Baggy Green to spinner Todd Murphy.


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Former India coach Ravi Shastri handed out the India cap to Suryakumar while Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara presented it to Bharat.
Bharat has played 86 first-class matches for Andhra Pradesh so far, scoring 4707 runs at an average of 37.95, including 9 centuries and 27 fifties. He also has 296 catches and 35 stumpings under his belt.

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