KS Bharat in action for the Indian cricket team©AFP
Former Indian cricket team batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has expressed his disappointment over wicketkeeper KS Bharat’s performance in the first two Tests against England. Bharat got off to a good start on a couple of occasions but he couldn’t convert that into a big knock. During a recent interaction, Manjrekar said that Bharat has not looked very good since he replaced Ishan Kishan in the Test series against South Africa and if he fails to produce a great show, the team management will have to look for better options.
“It’s very much like he is playing his first series. He has played before, he played all four Test matches against Australia and Rishabh Pant will be arriving soon. So, I am not sure if it is worth it and makes sense to continue investing in KS Bharat.He is also not 20 years old and India had left KS Bharat and gone to Ishan Kishan.So he has done enough to maybe keep his place in the team.The management of this team believes in being fair to each individual. but I would personally consider another option before Rishabh Pant comes in and takes his place,” Manjrekar said. ESPNCricinfo.
Manjrekar also noted that Rishabh Pant is on his way to recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident and a comparison with him may not work well for KS Bharat in the near future.
“India will start looking at KS Bharat if his keeping is so good that we can afford to have someone who doesn’t contribute as much with the bat. India of late and all over the world, if you see, are looking for wicketkeepers who are decent good wicketkeepers.” “But contribute with the bat. I mean, look at Rishabh Pant in the last 3-4 years, his contribution with the bat. So, those are things India will have to consider,” he added.
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