Xtra Time Web Desk: Team India wicket-keeper KS Bharath had an ordinary outing on Day 1 of the fourth Test against Australia in Ahmedabad on Thursday. The wicket-keeper batter from Andhra Pradesh dropped an ‘absolute sitter’ in the first session. He had a straightforward opportunity behind the stumps as the Aussie opener edged a delivery from Umesh Yadav.
Bharath was later involved in another incident that was a bit controversial. Australian opener Usman Khawaja, who scored a brilliant hundred (104 off 251 balls), was unnecessarily hit by a throw from Bharath. Khawaja was well inside the crease and the throw from Bharath took him by surprise.
It was the second delivery of the 71st over, Khwaja was floored by a bouncer from Mohammed Shami. As he was back on his feet he got hit on his left leg by an unnecessary throw from KS Bharat. The purpose of the throw wasn’t known as the batter wasn’t leaving the crease nor was he looking for a run.
Former India captain Virat Kohli immediately made Bharath realise it was unnecessary. Khawaja did say something to Bharat after the throw and moved to the other end after taking a single on the next delivery.
Khawaja was batting on 68 when he got hit by the throw. He ended the day with a score of 104*, propelling Australia to 255/4.