Former Indian selector, Saba Karim reckons that KS Bharat, who made his debut against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, will be expected to get more chances by the Indian team. Speaking on JioCinema, the former Indian cricketer said that the national team has backed the youngsters to the hilt in recent times, and things will not be different for Bharat.
The Indian team started off with a couple of wicket-keepers in the first two Test matches – KL Rahul and KS Bharat, with Bharat keeping the wickets, but switched to just Bharat after Rahul’s woeful outings in the first two Test matches. With the WTC Final set to be played in two months’ time, India will be pondering about their options in the summit clash against Australia.
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During a recent chat with JioCinema, Saba Karim said, “Eventually, that is up to the team management (who will keep in the WTC final). But I feel the way the Indian team management in the recent past has dealt with youngsters, they have offered them a lot of security.”
He further added, “They have created a conducive environment for them to grow. And they have not been very harsh in terms of performances, because they believe that they have invested heavily in a youngster, who has come to this stage and made a debut in a Test match.”
The former selector leaned with KS Bharat, who was seen smashing 21 runs off Cameron Green in a single over in the final Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, showing signs of what he was capable of doing. Karim said that despite Bharat’s odd mistakes, he was good behind the stumps for the larger part of the series, and that needs to be commended.
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Explaining the same, Saba Karim said, “I do expect the Indian management to give more chances to KS Bharat. The conditions are extremely challenging, it is not easy for a young wicketkeeper to do well in these conditions. And in some of the Test matches he has been quite good behind the stumps. There are always areas of improvement for Bharat.”
The Indian team will be hosting on Australia in the final of the World Test Championship on June 7.