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“KS Bharat will be pretty straightforward choice” – Dinesh Karthik picks India’s wicket-keeper for WTC 2023 final

Ishan Kishan came as a replacement of KL Rahul in India's squad.

Team India cricketer Dinesh Karthik feels KS Bharat will be a straightforward choice for Team India for the wicketkeeper’s role in the World Test Championship final against Australia. The final is all set to take place from June 7 to June 11 at The Oval in London. The first batch of Team India players has already reached England for the preparation of the all-important match.

Ahead of the final, the Indian management will be in a dilemma on who should don the wicket-keeping gloves. India’s first-choice wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant is recovering from a car crash, while his back-up KL Rahul is recuperating from surgery on his right thigh. In their absence, the management has to decide between KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan for the role. Dinesh Karthik feels KS Bharat will be the preferred choice of the Indian team. He expressed that playing the debutant Ishan Kishan might prove to be a tricky decision.

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“I think Bharat will be a pretty straightforward choice because playing Ishan Kishan in his debut and a Test match straight in the World Test Championship Final is asking a bit too much”, said Dinesh Karthik on ICC review.

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WTC final: Ravi Shastri picks between KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan

Former head coach Ravi Shastri too recently shared his thoughts on who should be India’s wicket-keeper for the World Test Championship final. He expressed that KS Bharat would be the obvious choice for the Indian management. Ravi Shastri added that if India goes in with two spin bowling options, playing KS Bharat will become important. He also stated that there isn’t much that separates the two for the wicket-keeping role.

“You have to see who’s a better keeper. Is it Bharat or Ishan Kishan? Now, the fact that Bharat was given a run against Australia, where he played all the Test matches, I think he would be the obvious choice to go with. See, that’s another tight one (decision). Now, if two spinners are playing, then you would want Bharat to play,” said Ravi Shastri on the ICC review.

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There’s not much there. It’s not that one guy is far better than the other. Batting will also come into play, whether you want Ishan Kishan’s batting to shore up the middle order. That’s another thing you’ll take into perspective,” he added.

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