Ravi Shastri, Dinesh Karthik pick Team India’s wicketkeeper for WTC final
By SMCS - May 26, 2023 1:45 pm
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With the World Test Championship 2023 final stated to begin on June 7, India will face Australia at The Oval in London. Led by Rohit Sharma, India will be trying to win their first WTC title as well, after losing in the final in the inaugural edition as well. In the 2019-21 WTC final, India were led by Virat Kohli and faced an eight-wicket defeat as well.

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However, before the final, India will face a selection dilemma for their wicketkeeper position too as their first-choice wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has been ruled out and he is currently recovering from injuries from a freak car accident. Meanwhile, backup wicketkeeper KL Rahul is also injured and he won’t be available for the WTC final as well.

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And, speaking prior to the WTC final, former India head coach Ravi Shastri and RCB’s Dinesh Karthik shared their thoughts on the wicketkeeper conundrum. Speaking to The ICC Review, Ravi Shastri said, “See, that’s another tight one (decision). Now, if two spinners are playing, then you would want Bharat to play. You have to see who’s a better keeper. Is it Bharat or Ishan Kishan? Now, the fact that Bharat was given a run against Australia, where he played all the Test matches, I think he would be the obvious choice to go with.”

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Team India

“There’s not much there. It’s not that one guy is far better than the other. Batting will also come into play, whether you want Ishan Kishan’s batting to shore up the middle order. That’s another thing you’ll take into perspective. Are you going to go with four fast bowlers? Then there’s not much spin and you just need someone decent behind the stumps to do the job. So that you would leave to team management. Just before the game, they would weigh in just these little things that I’ve just said, and obviously look at current form,” Ravi Shastri shared.

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“I think Bharat will be a pretty straightforward choice because playing Ishan Kishan in his debut and a Test match straight in the World Test Championship Final is asking a bit too much”, he said. “And the fact that KS Bharat probably tips the scale in favour of himself just a little bit with this keeping edge that he has got. So I do think they will go in with KS Bharat for the final,” Karthik further added.