Team India will be without the services of star wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant in the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final. Pant was involved in a car crash last year and has been on the road to recovery ever since. In his absence, KS India is likely to keep the gloves with the youngster Ishan Kishan as the backup wicketkeeper. While analyzing India’s squad, former India spinner Harbhajan Singh feels Wriddhiman Saha could have replaced KS Bharat as a wicketkeeper in the WTC final against Australia.
“No, I don’t think so. KS Bharat has been playing for India now. If it were Wriddhiman Saha, then I would say yes, play him. He has more experience and he’s a better keeper. If KL Rahul was fit, I would’ve played him over KS Bharat as well,” The Indian Express quoted Harbhajan as saying.
Saha, who played for Gujarat Titans in the recently concluded IPL 2023, has not played in a Test match for India since February of last year.
Many thought Saha, who is having a great IPL, will get a call-up for the one-off game but Kishan’s selection showed that Shiv Sunder DasThe committee has gone with continuity.
Once Saha was categorically told last year that he won’t be picked any more for national duty as they want someone younger as Rishabh Pant’s deputy, there was no chance that the soon to be 39-year-old veteran would have been named as the replacement.
India’s squad for WTC final, Rohit Sharma (c) Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya RahaneKS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul ThakurMohd. Shami, Mohd. Mr. Siraj Umesh Yadav, Jaydev UnadkatIshan Kishan (wk).
Topics mentioned in this article