Sanjay Manjrekar has questioned wicketkeeper-batsman KS Bharat’s role in the Test side.©AFP
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has questioned wicketkeeper-batsman KS Bharat’s role in the Test team. Since he made his Test debut last year against Australia in Nagpur, Bharat has scored just 221 runs in seven matches, at an average of 20.09. He is yet to score a half-century in the longest format of the game. Manjrekar feels that since Bharat is not contributing much with the bat, the management should look for other alternatives. Manjrekar doesn’t think the management should invest more time in Bharat, especially with Rishabh Pant waiting in the wings.
“It’s very much like he is playing his first series. He has played before; he played all four Test matches against Australia, and Rishabh Pant will be arriving soon. So, I am not sure if it is worth it and makes sense to keep investing in KS Bharat. He is also not 20 years old, and India had left KS Bharat and gone to Ishan Kishan. So he has done enough to maybe keep his place in the team. The management of this team believes in being fair to every individual , but I would personally consider another option before Rishabh Pant comes in and takes his place,” Manjrekar said. ESPNcricinfo.
Manjrekar urged the management to focus on wicketkeepers who can contribute with the bat, rather than their glove work.
“India will start looking at KS Bharat if his wicketkeeping is so good that we can afford to have someone who doesn’t contribute as much with the bat… India of late and around the world, if you see, are looking for wicketkeepers who are decent.” “goalkeepers but we contribute with the bat,” he added.
India have been unable to get a goalkeeper in the absence of Pant, who continues to recover after suffering a life-threatening car accident in December 2022.
Pant has started light training and is expected to play some role in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Delhi Capitals signed him during last year’s mini-auction.
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