MumbaiAt present, the Indian team is in a dilemma whether the batsman to be dropped in the Mumbai Test will be Ajinkya Rahane or Cheteshwar Pujara, but in the meantime, there is another problem in front of the team. Wicketkeeper Wriddiman Saha or KS Bharat.
Wriddiman Saha did not go on the wicketkeeping on the third and fifth days due to tightness in his throat not once or twice. KS Bharat, who came to keep wicket in his place, impressed a lot with his keeping.
But Saha, who came out to bat on the fourth day, scored a half-century for India in difficult conditions. Now it is for the team management to decide whether to pick Saha to bat in the Mumbai Test or a fit KS Bharat behind the wickets.
India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey said on Wednesday that the team management will take a decision on the availability of Wriddhiman Saha around the second Test starting on Friday.
“The physio is in constant touch with head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Virat Kohli,” Mhambrey said in an online press conference. A decision will be taken after seeing the condition of the match when it comes to a close.
Saha could not take the field on the fifth day due to a sore throat in the first Test against New Zealand at Kanpur. KS Bharat kept the wicket in his place.
Saha had put India in a strong position with an unbeaten 61 in the second innings while five wickets fell for 51 runs at one point.
Praising his innings, Mhambrey said, “It was a great innings considering his condition. He was in pain but said he would play. He did a great job for the team which is nice to see.”
Can get chance in second test also
In the Kanpur Test, KS Bharat was seen in a white dress directly from the IPL team of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Just like Shreyas Iyer grabbed the opportunity, KS Bharat too grabbed the opportunity on the third day of the first Test by showing at least his skill in wicketkeeping. KS Bharat did not get a chance to bat in the Kanpur Test in place of Saha but he gave a big relief to India by taking a low catch from Will Young and then stumping Tom Latham.
If KS Bharat is able to impress the coach with his wicketkeeping, then it is also possible that he will be selected in the second Test to be played at Wankhede.