KS Bharat had only 12 minutes to get ready to keep against New Zealand
- KS Bharat was the wicketkeeper on the third day of India's Test against New Zealand
- He took the spot of Wridhiman Saha, who complained about stiffness in his neck
- Bharat took two good catches in the first innings
KS Bharat, the man behind the stumps on the third day of the ongoing Test match between New Zealand and India, has revealed that he had only 12 minutes to get ready after being asked to guard the wickets. Bharat, a seasoned first class cricketer, was on Saturday asked to keep the wickets instead of Wriddhiman Saha, who complained of stiffness in his neck.
In a video posted on BCCI TV, Bharat said, "I was doing my morning routine and then the support staff told me to get ready. I only had 12 minutes to get set for the game."
Bharat was seen conversing with India’s spin duo Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin after the end of the day's play. The youngster’s performance was solid for majority of the game and put a good impression in front of the home crowd.
Bharat had to keep the wickets on an uneasy pitch which has variable bounce, with the ball either staying too low or bouncing off the cracks on the pitch.
The 28-year-old has plenty of time to make a name for himself in the Men in Blue’s dressing room. He displayed sharp reflexes for the two magnificent catches he took to dismiss Will Young and Ross Taylor, showing the uneven bounce did not trouble him.
About Ashwin’s bowling for Young's dismissal, Bharat said, "I knew the time I walked in that the ball is keeping low, so the best chance is to be behind the ball and keep making adjustments."
About the dismissal of Tom Bundell, Patel, who finished with his fifth Test fifer in his seventh innins, said, "Tom was playing defensive, so I switched to low-arm bowling. Such type of delivery won't give time to batter to prepare for anything, and I just got him,"