‘Ek girne se line lagegi peeche’ – KS Bharat makes a cheeky remark to Axar Patel during Kanpur Test
Bharat kept wickets on Day 3 after Wriddhiman Saha didn't take the field due to a stiff neck.
Updated - Nov 28, 2021 9:44 am
KS Bharat has had a pretty memorable outing with the wicketkeeping gloves in hand during the opening Test between India and New Zealand at the Green Park in Kanpur. The right-hander made an easy stumping to send opening batter Tom Latham back to the hut and also took two sharp catches to dismiss Will Young and the very experienced Ross Taylor.
In the meantime, Bharat was also involved in a hilarious moment. When Tom Blundell and Kyle Jamieson were putting on a handy partnership for the seventh wicket, Bharat made a cheeky remark from behind the stumps. Axar Patel was bowling and Bharat made a remark in Hindi, which means that one wicket would lead to a collapse in the Black Caps’ innings.
KS Bharat made some hilarious remarks
Bharat, who played for RCB in IPL 2021, said, “Ek girne se line lagegi peeche.” Soon after Blundell perished to Axar, who picked up a five-wicket haul, after scoring 13 off 94 balls.
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Bharat was also heard speaking in Tamil when Ravi Ashwin was rolling his arms over. Bharat said, “Nalla Podriye” (You are bowling well).
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Bharat wasn’t in India’s playing eleven for the game. However, in the third day’s play, he got a chance to keep wickets after Wriddhiman Saha complained off a stiff neck. He said that he didn’t have much time to prepare after being asked to take the field on a short notice.
“I was just doing my morning routines and suddenly the support staff asked me to be ready. I had 12 minutes to get my taping and stuff. It just happened like that,” Bharat was quoted as saying while speaking to Ashwin and Axar Patel.
Apart from his efficient work with the keeping gloves, Bharat made a goof-up. When Latham was batting on 66, Ashwin hit the batter on the pads. But Bharat reckoned that the batter hit the ball. Later replays showed that the ball had struck Latham’s pads.
“I was so confident that it hit his (Latham) bat. Later, when we saw that slow motion, it hit his front pad and then back pad. I am so sorry,” Bharat added. Latham went on to score 95 runs before getting out to Axar Patel.