The COVID – 19 pandemic is still raging in the world and India is no exception. It has taken a toll in every aspect of our lives and even in the world of sports. For instance, Wriddhiman Saha who recently recovered from the disease could be replaced by KS Bharat. Saha contracted the disease during the recent IPL season.
KS Bharat replace Wriddhiman Saha is not a shocker or a loss as Kona Srikar Bharat, popularly known as KS Bharat is an able batsman as well as a wicketkeeper who proved his merit on several occasions. As per sources, it is stated that Bharat will be travelling to the UK alongside the Indian cricket team for the upcoming India vs England test series 2021 that is set to commence from August 4th.
He will also participate in the upcoming World Test Championship final match against New Zealand.
The decision comes at a time when Saha has already bounced back from the disease after he went into a ten-day isolation in Mumbai before leaving for the United Kingdom on the 2nd of June. The decision is the result of the selection committee’s reluctance to take any unnecessary risks and commitment to abide by the COVID – 19 protocols put forth by the apex authorities.
As per sources, it is stated that Bharat was taken aboard as a cover for Saha. On top of this, since the news of Rishabh Pant tests positive for COVID – 19 also came to light the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had no other option to go forward with.
Since wicket-keeping is a highly specialised role in the field, it is best to have options in hand since Saha might not be physically fit to go through with his role which would be a three-month-long haul.
The BCCI also has plans to subject the members of the Indian Cricket Team selected for the upcoming India vs England 2021 test series to RT-PCR tests before they get inside chartered flights to the UK. On top of this, the health department of the UK will also arrange for second doses of the COVID – 19 vaccine for the Indian cricket players before the series begins.
Whatever happens, in the end, it is evident that the upcoming test series will be an exciting one! Read all the sports news updates, live score, players and team information from all the world here. Bookmark this page and get the updates easily by one click.