Bharat was included in the playing after Wriddhiman Saha had to be taken out due to the stiffness in his neck.
“Normally, 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,” KS Bharat told Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin in a video posted on BCCI TV.
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Talking about his catch which dismissed the Kiwi batter Will Young, 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.”
Meanwhile, Axar Patel also spoke about his low-arm ball that dismissed Tom Blundell and said that such deliveries won’t let the batter do anything.
“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,” said Axar Patel.
Coming to the match, at stumps on Day 3, India’s score read 14/1 with the hosts leading New Zealand by 63 runs. For India, Cheteshwar Pujara (9*) and Mayank Agarwal (4*) are currently unbeaten at the crease.