Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has questioned the role of wicketkeeper-batsman KS Bharat in the Test team. Since making his Test debut against Australia in Nagpur last year, Bharat has scored just 221 runs at an average of 20.09 in seven matches. He has not yet scored 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 consider other options. Manjrekar does not feel that the management should invest too much time in India, especially waiting for Rishabh Pant.
“It's pretty much like he's playing his first series. He's played before; he's played all four Test matches against Australia, and Rishabh Pant is going to be coming in any time soon. So, I'm sure Not whether it's worth retaining him or not. Investing in KS Bharat. He's also not 20, and India had moved on from KS Bharat and moved on to Ishan Kishan. So he just kept his place in the team. That's all I have done. This team management believes in being fair to everyone individually, but I would personally consider another option before Rishabh Pant comes in and replaces him,” Manjrekar told ESPNcricinfo.
Manjrekar urged the management to focus on keepers who can contribute with the bat rather than their glovework.
“India will start looking at KS Bharat to see if his keeping is good enough that we can keep someone who is not contributing that much with the bat… For quite some time now in India and around the world, if you Look, the search is on for keepers who are good keepers but also contribute with the bat,'' he said.
India have not been able to finalize a wicketkeeper in the absence of Pant, who continues his recovery after suffering a life-threatening car accident in December 2022.
Pant has started light training and is expected to play some part in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Delhi Capitals retained him during the mini auction last year.
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