Indian keeper-batsman KS Bharat will travel to England with the Indian squad. Virat Kohli’s men will engage in six Tests with New Zealand and England.
India starts their tour with the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton on the 18th of June. There will be five Tests against England in August. The selectors reportedly opted for KS Bharat as cover for Wriddhiman Saha.
Why KS Bharat in the squad
Though Wriddhiman Saha, who recently recovered from COVID-19, is fit to enter the bio-bubble in Mumbai before flying to England, the selection committee did not want to take any chances.
They included the young keeper-batsman, keeping in mind the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines. KS Bharat has featured in 78 first-class fixtures, scoring 4823 runs at 37.24 with nine centuries and 23 fifties. He has also taken 270 catches and affected 31 stumpings in first-class cricket.
Reliable sources claimed that since Wriddhiman Saha is still in the recovery process, they selected Bharat in the squad. With wicketkeeping being a specialist job, they would need a candidate to fill in for him as the tour extends to three months.
Wriddhiman Saha was amongst the players testing positive for COVID-19 midway through IPL 2021. These few infections reported that forced the BCCI to postpone the tournament indefinitely.