Indian wicketkeeper KS Bharat pulled off a stunning catch to dismiss Australian opener David Warner in the World Test Championship Final. After losing Usman Khawaja on zero, Warner carried the scoring responsibility and tackled the first spell of Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.
Then after the first change, Warner took on Umesh Yadav and started scoring at an incredible rate. Thanks to Warner's quick rate of scoring, Marnus Labuschagne settled in the middle. But nearing lunch, David Warner opted to further increase the scoring rate and hit Shardul Thakur for a boundary on the second ball of the 22nd over. But to close off the over, Thankur sent out a delivery towards the leg side which managed to get Warner's glove and was incredibly taken by KS Bharat, who put in a tough dive to complete an important catch.
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So far in the WTC Final, KS Bharat has been solid behind the stumps despite this being his first time in England. Hence, there has been a lot of conversation on whether Bharat should have been the first-choice keeper. But even before the start of the WTC Final, fellow Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik had backed Bharat as he has been part of the Indian set up and has experience of playing against Australia.
He said, “I would go for KS Bharat only because of continuity. I think he’s played four Test matches against Australia. In difficult conditions, give him one more opportunity. He played a couple of 25-30s, but he looked good, and he did try and kept really well in the series. I do think this could well be a game-changer for him, this game.”