From Baddi to Ranchi: India Coach Rahul Dravid’s Heartfelt Words for Debutant Akash Deep

Last Updated: February 23, 2024, 13:06 IST

IND vs ENG: Rahul Dravid handed Akash Deep his maiden Test cap (X/BCCI)

IND vs ENG: Rahul Dravid handed Akash Deep his maiden Test cap (X/BCCI)

Rahul Dravid’s handed Akash Deep his maiden Test cap with a few emotional words.

Akash Deep had a dream debut, pickiing up three wickets before lunch in the fourth Test of the five-match series at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Friday.

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The 27-year-old Deep replaced Jasprit Bumrah, who has been rested, as coach Rahul Dravid handed Deep his first Test cap and the debutant’s mother watched on emotionally from the sidelines as he made a scintillating start.


“Akash, your jounrey started from a place named Baddi, which is roughly 200kms away from here (Ranchi). You have faced a lot of hanrdships in this journey. You have worked hard. You have seen a lot of upsand downs,” Rahul Dravid said.

“You, on your own, moved from Baddi to Delhi to play cricket. You were inspired by the 2007 T20 World Cup. You stayed in Delhi and put in the efforts.The, you moved to Kolkata from Delhi. You played domestic cricket and put inspiring performances. Your journey has taken you to Ranchi, which is 200kms from your home and you are going to get your India cap here (today),” Dravid added.

“It is a special feeling for you as you as your mother is here along with some of your family members. It is unfortuate that your father and elder borther are no more. But we are sure tha they are blessing you from wherever they are. Our entire team is wishing you. Pleas enjoy this moment and this match. You have worked hard to reach here and this has been your dream. We are happy that we are here with you to fulfill this dream. Enjoy these five days and your entire career,” Dravid said.

“With great joy, I present to you India Cap No. 313,” Dravid added handing over the cap to Akash.

ALSO WATCH | IND vs ENG: Akash Deep’s Dream Debut to Dismiss England Top-order After No-ball Gaffe

After his dismissal of England’s Zak Crawley was cancelled because of a no-ball, Akash responded by picking up three wickets  – Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope and Zak Crawley – before lunch.

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