The absence of Rishabh Pant has brought forward the dilemma of who should be keeping wickets for India against the West Indies. KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan are the two contenders, and both have their own strengths and weaknesses. Bharat has played five Tests so far, scoring 129 runs at an average of 18.42.
KS Bharat has been impressive behind the stumps, but his batting has been inconsistent. Kishan, on the other hand, is yet to play a Test match, but he has a wide range of shots and has been a prolific run-scorer in white-ball cricket. Former India national selector Devang Gandhi has advised to persist with Bharat. He feels that Bharat has gained some experience in his five Tests, and that he should be given another chance.
“In terms of continuity, Bharat should get another chance. He has played a few Tests, which means he has gained a bit of experience,” Devang Gandhi told The Telegraph.
However, former selector and BCCI general manager Saba Karim believes that Kishan deserves more chances. He feels that Kishan has the potential to be a great Test batsman and that he should be given the opportunity to prove himself.
“He did a pretty decent job as a keeper in the WTC final in English conditions,” Karim said. “I think he deserves more chances.”
Ultimately, the decision of who to pick as India’s wicketkeeper will be up to the team management. They will need to weigh up the pros and cons of both KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan and decide who they think is the best fit for the team.
The decision of who to pick as India’s wicketkeeper is a difficult one. Both Bharat and Kishan have their own strengths and weaknesses, and the team management will need to weigh them up carefully before making a decision.