• Wed. Feb 21st, 2024

“His experiences in England…”: How MS Dhoni guided the Indian team ahead of the WTC final

“His experiences in England…”: How MS Dhoni guided the Indian team ahead of the WTC final

File photo of former Indian captain MS Dhoni© BCCI/IPL

Indian wicketkeeper KS Bharath, who is likely to be the first-choice glovesman for the World Test Championship final against Australia, said he got a lot of insight about his stay in England from former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the recently concluded IPL. . Bharat explained how Dhoni sharing his valuable tips will help if the team management gets the go-ahead for the big match at the Oval from Wednesday. “Recently during the IPL, I had a word with Mahendra,” Bharat told the ICC on Monday.

“He (talked) about his experiences of keeping in England and what would be the best for any wicketkeeper. It was a very good talk and there were a lot of insights from it,” Bharath added.

He said Dhoni’s situational awareness was unmatched.

“It’s awareness — the best example is MS Dhoni, awareness in keeping is great,” Bharath added.

The 29-year-old Gujarat Titans player also felt that his job requires a lot of “intention” and one really needs passion to do a “thankless job”.

“You need purpose and passion to be a custodian, because custodianship is a thankless job.” As debate continues over who should be in the XI for the WTC final between Bharat and Ishan Kishan, the front-runner given his experience playing four Tests.

With India’s first-choice wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant recovering from a horrific car accident and back-up KL Rahul recovering from right thigh surgery, Bharat added that keeping will bring “challenges”. Embraced.

“You keep 90 overs on a Test day and you have to be ball-ball-focused, so you have to accept challenges, embrace it and be really passionate about contributing to the team,” Bharath added.

Ahead of the race for Test supremacy, India’s position is a huge selection dilemma facing Rohit Sharma-led India. He played only four Tests against Australia during the Border Gavaskar series.

While he has done well behind the stumps, his performance with the bat has been disappointing — he had 44 runs in six innings.

However, India’s domestic experience of 90 first-class games will tip the scales in his favour.

Kishan, on the other hand, is yet to make his Test debut and has played 48 first-class matches. However, the young wicketkeeper has achieved more with the bat than Bharat, who scored an ODI double century against Bangladesh in Chattogram late last year.

Kishan scored 454 runs for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023. The left-handed batsman also brings variety to a right-handed dominated batting line-up.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff, but was automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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