It’s been a tough year for India’s regular wicketkeeper -Wriddhiman Saha. He has been battling with a number of injuries of late. During the tour to South Africa, the right-hander had suffered from a hamstring injury at the start of the year that had ruled him out. Then, in the IPL, a thumb injury added to his troubles.
The frequent injuries have kept him mostly off the field this year. After a surgery for his shoulder injury, Saha is working hard at the NCA (National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru). He must be hoping to recover soon and make a comeback in the Indian cricket team.
Pant rose in the absence of Saha
In absence of Saha, the Indian selectors have tried a few keepers. Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik were given a go but both failed to make an impact. Recently, Rishabh Pant made his Test debut on the England tour. After a shaky start, the left-hander scored a blazing hundred in the Oval Test. Then, he followed it up with a half-century against Windies in the first Test in Rajkot.
After the retirement of MS Dhoni from Test cricket, Saha was the first choice keeper for India. But post the rise of Pant, it’s going to be difficult for Saha to make it back to the Indian team. Saha though is not worried about the competition and hopes to do his best and leaves it to the selectors.
“I haven’t been able to watch all the games, to be honest. But I have watched Rishabh. He played Test cricket the way he plays T20. This is his style and he has been successful this way. I never think who is playing in my place. I will do my job, and selection isn’t in my hands. If I do well, I will get a chance. Rishabh, Dinesh (Karthik) or Parthiv (Patel), whoever plays, they all will try to do their best, like I do,” Saha said as quoted by Sportstar.