WTC Final: India add third wicket-keeper to squad as a back-up for Saha

Wriddhiman Saha
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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.

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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.

The BCCI had devised a foolproof strategy for the national team.

All of the players were to undergo three RT-PCR tests before assembling in Mumbai on Wednesday (May 19).

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