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KS Bharat Gets Trolled For Giving A Lifeline To Travis Head
By CricShots - Mar 9, 2023 12:15 pm
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Team India picked up a couple of quick wickets but only after witnessing a torrid time in the first hour on Day 1 of the 4th Test against Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Travis Head and Usman Khawaja dictated proceedings as Australia scored at a healthy run rate taking the toll of an indiscipline Indian bowling line-up. They were way off target, and what hurt India further was KS Bharat dropping a sitter of Head when he was just on 7.

KS Bharat
KS Bharat dropped a sitter

Off the fifth ball of the sixth over, Umesh Yadav pitched one on the fifth stump line. Head nicked the ball, and it carried straight to Bharat, who made an absolute mess of it. A chance that should have taken 99 out of 100 times, Bharat misread it entirely and couldn’t lap it up. The gloves were nowhere near the ball and it popped out.

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The Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma was clearly not pleased and neither were Bharat’s teammates. The missed opportunity took the commentators by surprise, as each one of them expressed their shock at the drop on air.

Here is the video of the drop catch by KS Bharat:

As per the quotes in Hindustan Tome, here is how Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Dinesh Karthik, and Matthew Hayden reacted.

Gavaskar: It’s as easy as they come. Of course in Test cricket no catch is easy. But have a look at this. Just fishing for the ball outside off stump. IN and it goes down.

Hayden: He just got his hands in the wrong position. He got done and then he didn’t make the adjustment. It’s almost like a stubbornness in his thinking knowing that the ball should always be here. But it wasn’t.

Shastri: That drop catch. A real sitter put down. A straightforward chance.

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Karthik: You get the feeling that he is slightly nervous. Hands were lower than where the ball was. The one thing that you have to say is that the ball is wobbling. Doing more than what he thinks. The hands were slightly lower than where they should have been. Harder as well; tells me he is nervous at this point of time.

Thankfully for Bharat and India, the drop did not cost them dearly as R Ashwin dismissed the southpaw for 32. Twitter was not pleased with the early displays by the wicketkeeper in the must-win encounter. Here are some of the reactions on the social media platform: