Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has expressed his disappointment with wicketkeeper-batsman KS Bharat’s performance with the bat in the first two Tests against England.

According to Manjrekar, the right-handed batsman has failed to deliver after being picked as a replacement for Ishan Kishan during the Test series against South Africa.

The former star batsman urged the selectors to look for options beyond Bharat who can contribute with the bat. Manjrekar’s comments came as Bharat disappointed the team with dismal batting performances. He has so far scored 41, 28, 17, and 6 in the two Tests against England.

“It’s a lot like he is playing his first series. He has played before, he played all four Test matches against Australia and Rishabh Pant is due to come any time soon. So, I am not sure whether it is worthwhile and makes any sense to keep investing in KS Bharat. He is also not 20 years old and India had moved on from KS Bharat and gone to Ishan Kishan,” said Manjrekar.

“So he has done just enough to maybe just keep his place in the side. This team management believes in being fair to every individual, but I would personally look at another option before Rishabh Pant comes in and takes his place,” he further said.

“India will start looking at KS Bharat whether his keeping is that good we can afford to have somebody who is not contributing as much with the bat. India of late and the world over, if you see is going for keepers who are decent good keepers but contribute with the bat. I mean look at Rishabh Pant in the last 3-4 years, his contribution with the bat. So, those are things that India will have to look at,” he added.