KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan are battling for one slot in Team India’s final playing XI for the World T20 Final against Australia on Wednesday at the Oval in London. Bharat appears to have the upper hand over Kishan and is expected to keep wicket in the WTC Final in place of Rishabh Pant, who will not be there.
Bharat stated on Monday that the legendary MS Dhoni gave him wicketkeeping tips during the just concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season and that his wicketkeeping knowledge is incredible. The Indian wicketkeeper told the International Cricket Council (ICC) that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni provided him some advise before the match against Australia at The Oval on June 7.
“I spoke with Dhoni recently during the IPL.” He discussed what it was like to be a wicketkeeper in England and what any wicketkeeper should do to excel at their craft. “We had a great conversation, and I learned a lot from it,” Bharat said, according to the ICC website.
Getting coaching from Dhoni was especially crucial because Bharat stated that Dhoni exemplified what it takes to be a good wicketkeeper. “It’s all about awareness.” MS Dhoni is an excellent example of someone who is very conscious about maintaining Keeping a house is a challenging job that requires motivation and dedication. On a test day, there are 90 overs, and you must concentrate on each ball. “You have to accept the challenges, embrace them, and be really passionate about what you can do for the team,” added Bharat.
One of India’s most significant decisions ahead of the first day of play on Wednesday is whether or not to play Bharat. The 29-year-old has appeared in only four Tests for India. They were all playing against Australia earlier this year when Rishabh Pant was injured and he filled in for him. Bharat made the team because of his glove work, but his batting in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series was poor. He only climbed as high as 44 in six games.
India may field the fiery left-handed batsman Ishan Kishan in the one-off Test. Kishan is India’s secondary option at wicketkeeper. He arrived in England following a spectacular IPL season for the Mumbai Indians in which he scored 454 runs in 16 innings, including three fifties. Despite having 2,985 runs at an average of 38.76 in 48 first-class matches, including six hundreds and 16 fifties, he has yet to make the Test starting XI. Bharat, on the other hand, has scored 4,808 runs in 90 FC matches at an average of 37.27. He has nine centuries and 27 fifties to his name.