'Bhai ground mai be kuch talent dikha' - Fans react as KS Bharat gifts his Test shirt to Superstar Chiranjeevi

India wicketkeeper batter KS Bharat has gifted his Test kit to Indian actor Chiranjeevi. The former played an important innings against England in the second innings but the Three Lions came up trumps.

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KS Bharat with Superstar Chiranjeevi

KS Bharat with Superstar Chiranjeevi (Image Credit: Twitter)

India wicketkeeper KS Bharat has been playing regularly for India's Test since Rishabh Pant's accident in December 2022. Before the unfortunate incident, Bharat was the understudy of the team. In the last year or so, after playing regularly, he hasn't been able to make his mark at the highest level. During the first Test against England, the right-hander played a fighting knock but failed to win the game.

Meanwhile, in a photo that is going viral, the wicketkeeper batter gifted his Test shirt to Superstar Chiranjeevi. Notably, the veteran actor has recently won the Padma Shri at the Republic Day eve. Among the 132 people, Chiranjeevi, Vyjayantimala, Chiranjeevi, Mithun Chakraborty, singer Usha Uthup and composer Pyarelal Sharma also received the awards. 

Vyjayantimala (90) and Chiranjeevi (68) have been bestowed with the Padma Vibhushan, which is the second highest civilian honor. 

Chiranjeevi has acted in over 160 films in his decades-long career. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2006, making this his second Padma Award. The actor, who will soon be seen in Vishwambhara, directed by Vassishta of Bimbisara fame, once almost stepped away from films. In a bid to enter politics, he took a hiatus from acting after his 2007 film Shankar Dada Zindabad and founded the Praja Rajyam Party in 2008. However, he returned to his first love, cinema, in 2017 with Khaidi No 150.

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Talking about Bharat, he kept wickets for India as a concussion substitute during the first Test against New Zealand in 2021. Last year, in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at home, he made his debut. Since then, the former Gujarat Titans player has played six Tests, including the WTC Final 2023.

The Kolkata Knight Riders player for the IPL 2024 has only 198 runs averaging 22 with no fifties to his name. His chances while playing for India is dependant on his performances in the rest of the series.

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