KS Bharat, the wicketkeeper- batsman, will fly to England with the India squad for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC final) against New Zealand and the five-match Test series against England as a precautionary measure.
Wriddhiman Saha, who has recently recover from Covid19, is back up by the Andhra’s wicketkeeper.
Saha has recovered in time to join the bio-bubble in Mumbai before leaving for the UK on June 2. Still the selection committee decided to add Bharat to the squad based on the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.
According to sources familiar with the situation, it was a precautionary measure to ensure Saha’s recovery from COVID-19.
“Bharat was added as cover for Saha considering he was still recovering from the virus and wicket-keeping is a specialised job. If Saha wasn’t fit in time, we would have needed a second keeper in the squad for the tour which is a three-month long one,” the source was quoted as saying by the ANI.
As a result, Team India will fly to the United Kingdom with three wicket-keeper batsmen.
Before departing for England to play the WTC final against New Zealand and a five-match Test series against the England.