Bharat does keeping duties in Saha's absence

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha did not take the field on the second day. File photo: IANS

Kanpur: K S Bharat, India's second wicketkeeper-batter in the Test squad against New Zealand, has taken up wicketkeeping duties on day three of the first Test at the Green Park Stadium.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tweeted that first-choice wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha couldn't take the field due to neck stiffness, adding that the medical team was monitoring his progress.

"Wriddhiman Saha has stiffness in his neck. The BCCI medical team is treating him and monitoring his progress. KS Bharat will be keeping wickets in his absence," read a tweet from the BCCI on Saturday.

The update from the BCCI did not mention a particular time for Saha returning to wicketkeeping duties during the Test.

Saha, playing in his first Test since the pink-ball Test against Australia in Adelaide last year, batted in the first innings on Friday, making just one off 12 balls before nicking an outswinger behind to keeper Tom Blundell, becoming one of the five scalps of pacer Tim Southee.

Saha had kept wickets for 55 overs on day two.

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