WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Dec 05, 2018, 02.36 PM
Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Wednesday was not included in the XII for the first of the four-Test game against Australia at Adelaide Oval.
Despite that, the death-over specialist had a smile on his face as a fan group Bharat Army dedicated a song to him. The same group had welcomed the Indian cricket team at Adelaide airport.
The fan group got a surprise visit from Bhuvi following which then sang a song praising the Indian pacer.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also shared a video of Bhuvneshwar's entertaining session with the Bharat Army on Twitter, saying: "Bhuvi surprises Bharat Army with a kind gesture at the Adelaide Oval. Watch on as the Bharat Army sings a song for Bhuvneshwar Kumar."
The number one-ranked Indian Test team will start favourites in the gruelling series as Australia are just coming out of a bad phase.
SPECIAL: Bhuvi surprises Bharat Army with a kind gesture at the Adelaide Oval
The hosts are missing the services of their prominent batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, both of which are serving one-year bans for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March 2018.
India have never won a Test series down under in 70 years and the pundits see it as a perfect opportunity to claim a series on Australian soil. However, captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane claimed that the hosts are not "vulnerable" without Smith and Warner.
Kumar on Wednesday was not included in the XII for the first of the four-Test game against Australia at Adelaide Oval.