Kona Srikar Bharat
KS Bharat

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Kona Srikar Bharat:  K.S. Bharat or Srikar Bharat is an Indian cricketer who plays as a wicket-keeper batsman for the Andhra cricket team in domestic cricket.

Making his first-class debut at the age of 19 against Kerala in 2012-13, KS Bharat came into the limelight a couple of years later in 2015 when he set a record in the Ranji Trophy becoming the first Indian wicket-keeper batsman to notch up a triple hundred in the country’s premier first-class tournament.

Interestingly, KS Bharat’s personal life too got some interesting incidents. Bharat marries Anjali Nedunuri on August 5, 2020 after dating for 10 years. Check out his biography below:

Kona Srikar Bharat Biography 

Full NameKona Srikar Bharat
Nick NameSrikar Bharat/KS Bharat
Date of BirthOctober 3, 1993
Birth PlaceVisakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Zodiac SignLibra
SchoolNot Known
CollegeNot Known
ReligionHindu
NationalityIndian
FamilyFather – Srinivasa Rao
Mother – Kona Devi
Sister – Manoghna Lokesh
Martial StatusMarried
Wife NameAnjali Nedunuri
ProfessionCricketer
RoleWicket keeping Batsman
Batting StyleRight Hand Bat
Bowling StyleRight Arm Off Break Bowler
Teams PlayedAndhra, East Zone, South Zone, Delhi Capitals, Rest of India, India Red, India Blue, India B, India A, Board Presidents XI, Royal Challengers Bangalore
DebutFC – Andhra vs Kerala at Cuddapah – December 29, 2012 – January 01, 2013
List A -Andhra vs Tamil Nadu at Bangalore – February 20, 2012
T20 – Andhra vs Tamil Nadu at Bhadravati – March 17, 2013
International DebutTest – N/A
ODI – N/A
T20I – N/A
IPLN/A
Favourite CricketerMS Dhoni, Mitchell Starc
Coach/MentorJ. Krishna Rao

 

Kona Srikar Bharat Early Life

  • Kona Srikar Bharat was born on October 3, 1993, in Visakhapatnam, India.
  • His father Srinivasa Rao is a Naval Dockyard employee and his mother’s name is Kona Devi.
  • Bharat’s father enrolled his name in the Local Cricket Association as a Ball Boy.
  • By the time he turned 10, he already started playing cricket.
  • During one of his trials, Mr. J. Krishna Rao, his coach, saw his talent and started guiding him later.
  • When Bharat was 12 years old, Rao asked him for wicket-keeping as his reflexes were so impressive at that little age.
  • He has played matches for Under 13 to the Under 19 cricket team for Andhra Pradesh.
KS Bharat with his family
KS Bharat with his family

KS Bharat Career

Domestic Career

  • Bharat made his first-class debut at an age of 19 in 2012 against Kerala in 2012-13 Ranji Trophy Season.
  • Srikar started his List-A career with Vijay Hazare Trophy against Tamil Nadu in 2012 and played his first Vijay Hazare match on 20th February 2012.
  • In February 2015, he became the first wicket-keeper batsman to score a triple hundred in the Ranji Trophy.
  • Bharat aggregated a whopping 758 runs in 9 matches in the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy.
  • Opening the innings, Bharat amassed a colossal 308 off just 311 deliveries for Andhra Pradesh against Goa in Ongole in February 2015.
KS Bharat triple century
KS Bharat scored a triple century in Ranji Trophy on 6th February 2015
  • He registered one more hundred (apart from his record triple) and two fifties and has been a consistent scorer for Andhra in the prestigious tournament.
  • His other standout hundred came against Vidarbha in the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy in Vijayawada.
  • Batting at number five, he scored an unbeaten 102 in the second innings to save the match for his team.
  • In July 2018, he was named in the squad for India Blue for the 2018–19 Duleep Trophy.

Test

  • In November 2019, Bharat was added to India’s Test squad for the second Test against Bangladesh, as cover for Wriddhiman Saha.
  • In May 2021, Bharat was added to India’s Test squad for their series against England as cover for Wriddhiman Saha.
Kohli handover Trophy KS Bharat
Kohli handover Trophy KS Bharat

ODI

  • In January 2020, he was added to the Indian squad for the One Day International (ODI) series against Australia, after Rishabh Pant suffered a concussion.
KS Bharat with team India
KS Bharat with team India in dressing room

IPL

  • In February 2015 he was signed up for Rs. 10 lakh by the Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Daredevils(now Delhi Capitals)
  • In February 2021 IPL Auction, RCB bought KS Bharat for the base price of INR 20 Lac.
  • KS Bharat smashes a winning six for the RCB in IPL 2021 last league match against Delhi Capitals and impressed everyone.
KS Bharat playing wicket keeping role in RCB team match
KS Bharat playing wicket keeping role in RCB team match

KS Bharat IPL 2021:

KS Bharat in IPL 2021 made his debut appearance for RCB. He has been doing decent for RCB at the No.3 position as a batsman, which is a big position to fill as it was held by Virat Kohli for a long time. He also took over Ab De Villiers’ wicket-keeping role to balance the veteran south african’s workload.

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Lesser Known Facts About Kona Srikar Bharat

  • Kona Srikar Bharat is the first Indian wicket-keeper batsman to notch up a triple hundred in the country’s premier first-class tournament
  • Bharat is married to Anjali Nedunuri. The couple married on August 5, 2020. They dated each other for 10 years and finally married in 2020.
KS Bharat Marriage date
KS Bharat married KS Bharat marriage on August 5, 2020
  • Hari loves playing at Chennai Ground.