On Thursday, the Bengal pacer – Mukesh Kumar was handed his Test cap ahead of the second match against West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Mukesh Kumar came in place of Shardul Thakur, who BCCI revealed was not available for selection due to an injury. “Shardul Thakur was not available for selection for the 2nd Test due to a sore left groin,” BCCI said right after the toss. However, Thakur’s absence paved the way for Kumar in team India.
Notably, the right-arm pacer had managed to break into the Indian cricket team even before but he didn’t get the opportunity. This was the last Test match where he could have got the opportunity to make a debut before their next assignment against South Africa five months later.
Who is Mukesh Kumar?
Mukesh Kumar is a 29-year-old cricketer hailing from Gopalganj, Bihar. He has created a great name for himself in the domestic cricket scene with his exceptional bowling skills. His journey from a humble village to representing team India at the international level is truly inspiring. He became the 395th cricketer to play for the country.
Mukesh’s consistent performances in domestic cricket and the IPL earned him a well-deserved spot in the Indian Test squad for the ongoing West Indies tour. Mukesh Kumar is known to be a workhorse in domestic cricket and someone who can bowl on one spot over after over in tough conditions.
Kumar’s Mother Got Emotional
Meanwhile, an adorable video of Mukesh Kumar’s mother’s reaction has gone viral on the internet. After Kumar received his India cap, he called his mother and the duo shared an emotional conversation together. The video of the same was shared by the BCCI and has left the fans in awe.
Watch the video:
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