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Gautam Gambhir backs KS Bharat, WTC Final: Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir backs KS Bharat for wicketkeeping ahead of KL Rahul for WTC Final against Australia. World no. 1 side Australia will play India in the WTC Final which is scheduled to take place in June at The Oval.
KL Rahul’s place in the Indian test team for the WTC Final is doubtful as the right-handed batter is being challenged by KS Bharat as a strong contender for wicketkeeper-batsman in the playing XI.
KS Bharat is known for his sharp reflexes and quick hands behind the wicket. With the English conditions in mind, the ball will receive some extra pace and bounce and to tackle that a good wicketkeeper like Bharat could play an important role in the WTC Final.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul does not keep the wickets for the Indian team which could be a risky bet for the Indian Team for such an important event. However, Rahul could play just as a batter.
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Taking a dig at former players, who want KL Rahul as a wicketkeeper-batter for the World Test Championship (WTC) final at The Oval in June, Gautam Gambhir said the team must play the “specialist wicketkeeper” KS Bharat instead of a “part-timekeeper” KL Rahul.
“You ought to constantly choose a unique wicketkeeper. When playing in England, you can’t use a part-time wicketkeeper, according to Gambhir, who spoke to Sports Tak. KL Rahul, who had a respectable record in England, should only play as a batsman, not as a “wicketkeeper-batsman,” according to Gambhir.
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Gambhir also backed KS Bharat, who had received harsh criticism for his keeping and batting in BGT.
“In four matches, we came to the conclusion that KS Bharat’s batting and keeping is not up to the mark. In those four matches, our top-order batsmen also failed to score, we must keep that in mind,” said Gambhir.
“Those ex-players who are challenging Bharat need to look at their own records, ” they said. They have gotten longer runs despite being unable to do so. A proper keeper should always be used in Test cricket. A wicketkeeper might miss catches, but he can also pull off some incredible catches.” said the former left-handed batter.
“Ex-cricketers ought to be aware of how crucial keeping is in Test cricket. A dropped catch can alter the course of a Test match. “We should have played a proper wicketkeeper,” he continued. “If a part-time keeper loses a catch, you will keep thinking. “Well, we should have played a proper wicketkeeper,” for the entire five days.
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