‘Virat Bhaiya hugged me… for a moment I went to another world, that moment was amazing’

By Nishu Bhardwaj July 24, 2023 5:39 PM IST


Virat Kohli hugged the debutant and the Indian pacer jumped with joy
Mukesh Kumar made his debut through the second Test match against the Windies

port of Spain. Fast bowler Mukesh Kumar got a chance to debut through the second and last Test match of the 2-match series between India and West Indies (IND v WI). Entry from Bihar to Bengal and then to Team India was not easy for Mukesh. As soon as he got the first wicket, Virat Kohli immediately hugged him. For Mukesh Kumar, it was nothing less than a dream. The player whom he had been watching on TV for years suddenly hugged him, he could not believe it. Mukesh says that for some time he felt that he had gone to another world.

Mukesh Kumar from Bihar’s Gopalganj district, who made his Test debut a few months before his 30th birthday, has played for India A from Bengal’s Under-23 team in the last 7 years. In a conversation with Mohammad Siraj on BCCI TV, he said, ‘When I got the wicket, Virat Bhaiya came running and hugged me. I just went to another world. The one whom I used to watch on TV for so many years, hugged me. It was a wonderful experience.

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He said, ‘When you and JD (Unadkat) bhai were bowling, Rohit bhai had said that wickets would not be available immediately on this pitch. Will have to work hard. He was mentally prepared but when he was told about his debut in the team meeting a day before the match, it took him some time.

‘Just came to know that I am making a debut, could not believe it’
Mukesh said, ‘When I came to know that I was really playing, I was shocked. I was always ready to play and that’s why I went to the team meeting. I was feeling that maybe I might get a chance. It was morning here and it was evening in India. When I reached the hotel in the evening, I talked to my mother. I said that mother I am playing for the country. All my relatives are also very happy who supported me from the beginning. R Ashwin gave the Test cap of 308 to Mukesh. Mukesh had earlier bowled well for Delhi Capitals in the last IPL season.

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