As India prepares to face Australia in the final of the World Trials Championship on June 7, there has been speculation about the team’s goalkeeper for the crucial clash. Former India player Harbhajan Singh, during a chat on Star Sports, expressed his thoughts on the whole wicketkeeper situation.
With Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul ruled out due to injuries, KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan are the available options for the wicketkeeper role. Harbhajan Singh expressed his preference for KS Bharat, emphasizing his recent contributions to the national team.
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Harbhajan Singh made his stance on the wicketkeeper debate clear, strongly backing KS Bharat for the role in the World Test Championship final. However, he mentioned that his response might have been different if the Board of Control of Cricket India (BCCI) had selected Wriddhiman Saha for the Test squad.
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Wriddhiman Saha, who has been out of favor with the Indian Test team since February last year, lost his place in the team during the home series against Sri Lanka. While Rishabh Pant has been the first choice wicketkeeper-batsman, KS Bharat had the chance to be the second choice wicketkeeper for India.
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If KL Rahul was fit, he would have played him over KS Bharat: Harbhajan Singh
India enters the World Test Championship finals in search of their first ICC title in a decade. The team’s previous ICC triumph came under the leadership of MS Dhoni in the 2013 Champions Trophy.
The absence of wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant due to injury has necessitated a decision regarding wicketkeeper duties for the crucial fixture. KS Bharat, who has been with the Indian team as the second choice goalkeeper, has impressed with his skills and performances in domestic cricket.
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“No I dont think so. KS Bharat has been playing for India now. If it was Wriddhiman Saha, then I would say yes, play him. He has more experience and is a better goalkeeper. If KL Rahul was fit, he would have played it over KS Bharat too”. stated Harbhajan Singh.
While Ishan Kishan is another viable option, Harbhajan Singh’s endorsement of KS Bharat reflects the faith the former spinner has in the wicketkeeper’s abilities. Bharat’s consistent performances and his exposure to international cricket have contributed to his emergence as a strong contender for the role of wicketkeeper.
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As the World Test Championship final approaches, the management of the Indian team will weigh their options and make the final decision regarding the wicketkeeper based on various factors including form, skill set and match strategy. The chosen wicketkeeper will play a crucial role in India’s quest to clinch the prestigious title after a decade-long wait.
Anticipation is building as cricket fans along with Harbhajan Singh eagerly await the clash between India and Australia in what promises to be an exciting finale to the World Test Championship cycle.
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