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WATCH: BCCI releases unseen footage of Rahul Dravid giving speech to debutants Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat
By SMCS - Feb 12, 2023 9:32 am
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has released unseen footage where Rahul Dravid can be seen giving a speech to Suryakumar Yadav and KS Bharat who came into the Test side in Nagpur. However, on Thursday, World No.1 T20I batter Suryakumar and wicketkeeper KS Bharat made their Test debuts in the series opener of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium as well.

Suryakumar Yadav

Former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri presented Suryakumar Yadav with his debut Test cap while veteran batter Cheteshwar Pujara welcomed Bharat into the red-ball side of the Asian giants. Welcoming Suryakumar and Bharat into the purest format of the game in international cricket, Indian head coach Rahul Dravid delivered a nice speech for the debutants at Nagpur as well.

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โ€œAlways a special day when a couple of more boys join our family. It’s obviously a huge dream come true for millions of people. And there haven’t been many people who had the pleasure and privilege of having a Test cap and playing Test cricket for India,โ€ Rahul Dravid welcomed Suryakumar Yadav and Bharat into the Test side of the Indian team as well.

โ€œSurya, many congratulations. 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. You have reached here because of what you have done. The way you performed over the last few months. So enjoy, your game should not 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,โ€ Ravi Shastri said.

While Suryakumar Yadav replaced injured batter Shreyas Iyer in the Indian middle-order, KS Bharat came in after wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant was ruled out of the entire series post a horrifying car accident.

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โ€œYou have worked really hard to earn this. Wish you all the very best, be yourself. Play the way you do and wish you all the very best for a successful Test career,โ€ Pujara said to Bharat prior to his Test debut.