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For the Border Gavaskar Trophy, MSK Prasad selects KS Bharat as India’s first-choice wicketkeeper, saying that Ishan Kishan must wait.

For the Border Gavaskar Trophy, MSK Prasad selects KS Bharat as India's first-choice wicketkeeper, saying that Ishan Kishan must wait.

Rishabh Pant, the team’s regular wicketkeeper, is currently sidelined with injuries sustained in a terrible car accident.
Ishan Kishan was not the first-choice wicketkeeper for the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia beginning on February 9, according to former India national selector MSK Prasad. KS Bharat was. Bharat has been trained to be a specialist wicketkeeper in red-ball cricket for India A, and according to Prasad, he should make his white-ball debut for his country.

The first-choice wicketkeeper for India, Rishabh Pant, was involved in a serious vehicle accident in December 2022 and is currently recovering from surgery, leaving Indian captain Rohit Sharma with the options of Bharat and Ishan. India must therefore decide on the location before beginning their important work.

“Since he was a member of India A, Bharat had been trained and was expected to become the nation’s Test keeper. In those games, he gave it his all, and altogether, he performed well in red-ball cricket. He has been waiting for his chance, and it looks like the upcoming Test will be his. Ishan must wait, however, “The Telegraph was told by MSK Prasad.
The Andhra Pradesh wicketkeeper batsman has played in 86 first-class matches, scoring 4707 runs at an average of 37.95 with 927 half-centuries. Ishan Kishan, the second wicketkeeper, caught everyone’s attention in December 2022 by scoring 210 runs off 131 balls in the third One-Day International against Bangladesh. He hasn’t accomplished anything noteworthy after then, though.

“Being a wicketkeeper in a Test match needs a completely different mindset. It goes beyond simply performing it for 20 or 50 overs. You could have to spend a full day or more standing behind the stumps. I believe that such a scenario would only occur if Bharat neglected to take advantage of his prospects. They can then consider alternative possibilities, “MSK went on to suggest.

The first Test between India and Australia will start in Nagpur. Dehli, Dharamshala, and Ahmedabad will each host one of the final three Tests. Both nations will play a three-match ODI series beginning on March 17 following the Tests.


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