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Saba Karim selects KS Bharat instead of KL Rahul as wicketkeeper for the WTC final.

Saba Karim selects KS Bharat instead of KL Rahul as wicketkeeper for the WTC final.

KS Bharat’s future in Test cricket is uncertain after a lackluster showing with the bat in the just ended Border-Gavaskar Trophy. In the fourth Test against Australia, Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar noted that at times he appeared pale even behind the stumps. Thus, prior to the World Test Championship (WTC) final, the think tank must resolve this issue, as Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul are currently in reserve.

Interestingly, Rahul has been outstanding with the bat in England, and as a result, he may replace Bharat in the starting XI. Nonetheless, he has yet to prove himself as a wicketkeeper in red-ball cricket. In this regard, former India selector Saba Karim suggested that the team management may entrust Bharat with the task due to their previous success with young players. Also, he emphasized that keeping in England will be difficult for Bharat, but ultimately encouraged the Andhra star to succeed.

“The decision ultimately rests with team management” (who will keep in the WTC final). Nonetheless, I believe that the Indian team administration has provided a great deal of stability to young players in recent years. They have established a favorable environment for their development. And they have not been overly critical in terms of performance, as they consider they have spent heavily in a youngster who has made his Test debut,” Karim was cited as saying by Hindustan Times.
There are always places where Bharat can improve: During the recently ended Border Gavaskar Trophy, Karim Bharat demonstrated outstanding performance. Even though he made a few errors behind the wickets, it was his debut Test series for India and a career stepping stone. Saba Karim believes that there is room for development for the wicketkeeper-batsman Bharat, despite the fact that he was effective with the bat.

“I expect the Indian management to offer KS Bharat more opportunities. The conditions are incredibly difficult, making it difficult for an inexperienced wicketkeeper to perform well. And in a number of Tests, he has performed admirably behind the wickets. There are always opportunities for Bharat to develop. The 55-year-old added, “However, if one has invested so much time in the development of a young cricketer, if one has prepared him for different kinds of challenges, whether it be from first-class cricket to India A, then I believe it makes sense to give him a few more opportunities in order to secure his place in the side.”

Incidentally, India will face Australia in the finals, which are scheduled to begin at The Oval in London on June 7. After a hard-fought tie in the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the team captained by Rohit Sharma reached the final for the second consecutive year.

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