Team India’s wicketkeeper-batsman KS Bharat stole the limelight during the end of Day 3 of the ongoing second Test against England. The match between the two teams will be held at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.
KS Bharat made an accurate prediction on the last ball of Day 3. All-rounder Axar Patel was given the responsibility of bowling the last over. He bowled a decent last over, but just before the last ball of the over, the keeper-batsman earned the applause of many.
KS Bharat was heard saying that the ball would go towards captain Rohit Sharma, who was standing in the stands. Things went exactly as planned. It was a tough chance for captain Rohit Sharma but it will be counted as a catch.
Axar Patel bowled a flat delivery on the off stump which Rehan Ahmed backed away to cut it off. The ball took a lead which flew to the right of Rohit Sharma’s first slip for a boundary.
In the video that has gone viral on the Internet, Axar Patel can be heard saying “Rohit bhai ke paas jaayega (He will go towards Rohit).
Here is the video:
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Rehan Ahmed came out to bat after Ravichandran Ashwin removed Ben Duckett. India went all out for 255 runs in the second innings and set England a target of 399 runs to chase. The visitors got off to a good start thanks to Zak Crawley and Duckett.
The duo added 50 runs for the opening partnership. They attacked the Indian bowlers and put pressure on them from the beginning. However, Ashwin remained Duckett for 28 runs and hit breaks at the goal line.
Crawley, on the other hand, continued to bat aggressively. The batsman played his shots and made sure to give his team a positive start in the big chase. He was unbeaten on 29 at stumps, while Rehan Ahmed batted on 9.
KS Bharat fails with bat in local Test
KS Bharat has not been impressive with the bat in the ongoing second Test against England. The wicketkeeper-batsman failed in both innings of the game and could not make much impact in the match even though he has been brilliant with the gloves.
In the first innings, KS Bharat scored 17 runs off 23 balls in what had been their home Test. It was expected that he would set the stage on fire in the second inning and give his audience something to cheer about. However, this was not the case.
KS Bharat failed to dispatch Rehan Ahmed’s short ball. The ball ended up spinning to the ball which was caught by captain Ben Stokes with ease. The keeper-batsman managed only 6 runs off 28 balls in the second innings. His wicket left the team reeling at 228/7.
Earlier, Shubman Gill played a magnificent ton for the team. He returned to form and played 104 innings when it mattered most. His knock helped India take a 399-run lead on the board.