KS Bharat finally got a chance to make his debut for the national team in the first Test against Australia at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.
“Yes, this is a great day not only for Bharat but also for Andhra cricket. These are the things that make everyone connected with the game at the State-level proud and inspire them to invest more in developing the sport with the hope of producing more cricketers,” Prasad told The Hindu. “From the day we saw Bharat as an 11-year-old kid, we knew he would be a quality wicketkeeper. And, I believe that it is this department that helped him seal a berth in the Indian team.”
“Obviously, to play for your country you have to wait for the big opportunity. I am glad that he got it against a very good opposition and a decent performance will only further his chances of making the wicketkeeper’s slot his own,” Prasad said.
“Bharat is a product of the system that was set in process in the last five years. Rahul (Dravid) and I, and Ravi (Shastri — then head coach) ensured there was a seamless transition to the senior grade by having regular meetings with the support staff and the players,” he added.